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Hublot Hublot Design Prize 2019

For this 5th edition, the Hublot Design Prize 2019 rewards the work of Samuel Ross and the “Pierre Keller Award” goes to Marion Pinaffo & Raphaël Pluvinage.

"An expression of the deep friendship I have always shared with Pierre Keller, to which the Prize owes its very existence, this year’s edition includes the last selection he made", stated Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO. "Hublot has been synonymous with design and innovation since it was founded in 1980. It is a natural step for us to join forces with all the universes that create turning points, write history and change the world. To inspire, influence, support, pass on, so that the act of creating continues. This is the aim of the Hublot Design Prize – to showcase promising designers from around the world; reward experimental, pioneering and out of the ordinary projects that employ innovative techniques and materials, and new technologies. And above all, a meaningful design that forms part of a social and environmental approach. Giving meaning to the act of creating!”.

For the 2019 edition, the Hublot Design Prize has rewarded the work of Samuel Ross, British graphic designer and illustrator, and the “Pierre Keller Award” went to Marion Pinaffo & Raphaël Pluvinage.

Hublot Design Prize 2019

Hans Ulrich Obrist , Raphaël Pluvinage Marva Griffin Wilshire S amuel Ross, Ronan Bouroullec Philippe Tard ivel © Hublot

Samuel was chosen for his energy, the collaborative approach to his work; combining object design, social design and garment design, and his ability to use them as mediums of connectivity. Through his practice as a fashion designer in streetwear and industrial design, Samuel continues to reach a wider society through his innovative work.

Regarding the “Pierre Keller Award”, the jury was touched by the extraordinary book produced by Marion Pinaffo and Raphaël Pluvinage. The Swiss artist Paul Klee says that “art makes the invisible visible”. The panel of three were impressed by how Marion and Raphaël managed to convey complex themes at the heart of contemporary society in a very illustrative way.


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From the outset, Hublot has embodied design and innovation that differ markedly from the established watchmaking order. With the impetus provided by Jean-Claude Biver, by 2004 these values had already become the basis of a new DNA, leading the brand, which is currently headed by Ricardo Guadalupe - its CEO since 2012, to develop particularly audacious timepieces – most of them with a highly-developed sporting aspect.

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