Best of – Der Pokal

by Aylin Langreuter
AM Benedikt Kartenberg

Industrial Design
1. Semester
Wintersemester 2020 / 2021

A trophy is a form of homage to achievements – it rewards an outstanding physical and mental effort that has been made. And only the best. The mediocre aesthetics and the worthlessness of the materials of the vast majority of cups are in direct contrast to the fact that people go to their limits and beyond in competition to get it: The trophy is an extremely emotionally charged object.The aim of this exercise 1 is to design a trophy. The challenge here is not only in the choice of material and the formal design and its implementation, but above all in materialising the achievement to be rewarded by it in the cup in a recognisable way. What is this trophy actually awarded for? And to whom?the success of this design exercise is also measured by how and whether uninitiated people recognise which achievement is to be honoured with the cup.


Everyday Award

by Felix de Clerk

The Everyday Award „Dankeschön“ is an award that can be presented spontaneously, flexibly and without a specific ceremony.
The cup is a gesture of gratitude for kindness and helpfulness. It can be worn as a key ring, clip or pin. This means it can always be carried with you to pass on spontaneously.


At Least You Were There

by Max Dressendörfer

The idea was to rethink the classic characteristics of a trophy, such as its awarding for an outstanding achievement or the grandly celebrated trophy presentation. By tearing a piece of paper off the advertising pillar, you award yourself the prize, the only prerequisite for which is your presence at that particular place. Together with the many others who take a card, one leaves a trace that is reinforced by exposing the background. The note now becomes a document of memory, like the subway ticket of your first New York trip, old postcards or festival ribbons. A trophy is used to immortalise an achievement, and the focus is almost exclusively on the extraordinary. Sometimes, however, it is also worthwhile to illuminate the trivial achievements of everyday life and thus see them in a different light.



by Florian Post

A certificate on paper, as proof of achievements, is still the most common type of award today. If necessary, cups, medals or other objects are also presented; however, these have no guarantee of authenticity without the accompanying certificate.
However, the most common forgery safeguards such as signature, stamp or blind embossing are out of all proportion to the technical means that are available almost everywhere today.

On the occasion of the “Best-Of“ project, I made friends with the art of forgery and produced some graduation certificates of our academy as examples.

by Florian Post


Frozen Heritage

by Tim Trotner

The trophy will be handed to the Svalbard global Seed Vault for their works on conservation. The Seed Vault is located on a Norwegian island above the Arctic Circle, whereby the chambers are constantly cooled to at least -8 ° C. The Trophy consists of layers of epoxy resin which were poured in a silicone mold over several days. The shape, texture and color represent ice. The used material and form reflect the environment and at the same time the protective and preserving traits of ice. The cup is 8 x 8 x 16 cm in size and has a single seed in the middle. The seed stands symbolic for our biodiversity and the process of conservation.


Rising Out Of The Ashes

by Xinya Wang

The project is made for someone who has had a hard time, and maybe even depression. A trophy is presented to overcome this.
When lit, the ashes fly away with the flame, it is supposed to represent a „rebirth“: Like the phoenix rising from the ashes or the butterfly peeling out of its cocoon. The shackles and pressures are released, the painful past is left behind and a new life can begin.
The „destroying“ symbolises the new beginning. We don’t have to remember all the good (honour) and especially not all the bad (pain).


Schwarze Seele

by Yuhui Wang


Changeable Water

by Mana Matsumoto

Life is transient, like the sea. I have reflected this transience in my cup. The cup, which has a reflective quality, symbolises a stage of life. It is awarded for a period of one’s life where there is a great change and decision. Through the shaped acrylic plates and the reflection inside, one sees a reflection like on the surface of water. By touching them lightly, the plates start to move meditatively, like those on the surface of the water. Through this, one’s own reflection is staged more strongly.

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