For the jubilee 100th year of the Tour de France cycle race, Lasvit, the Czech designer and manufacturer of light and glass installations, has hand-made and cut crystal trophies for the overall winner, best under-25 rider, best sprinter, and best climber. As in the previous two years, the trophies were designed by Peter Olah under the management of Jozef Kaban, chief designer of Škoda Auto, which has sponsored the event for several years.
“Inspired by the dynamics and atmosphere of the most prestigious and challenging cycle race, Olah has designed a series of hand-blown, hand-cut trophies as impressive in scale as they are demanding in creation.” says Lasvit.
“Each is over two feet tall and weighs almost eight pounds, while the meticulous blowing and precise hand cutting of the four trophies took the glassmakers hours to complete. This year, a layer of opal glass has been introduced and then ground using wedge-shaped cutters, revealing the crystal underneath and producing a decorative design with a strict, geometric shape.”
“The brightness and shine of the crystal in combination with the cutting gives rise to a unique piece of art, merging tradition and precision in a tribute to craftsmanship. The method of production is so demanding that it leaves no room for error, with the smallest mistake requiring the whole piece to be recreated.”