London Design Festival Medals were initiated eleven years ago to pay tribute annually to designers who are making, or have made, a significant difference to our lives through their innovation, originality and imagination. Originally offering one - 'The Medal' - there are now four individual medals: the London Design Medal, Emerging Talent, Design Innovation, and Lifetime Achievement.

We were delighted to partner once again with headline sponsor, British Land, for the 2017 edition of the British Land Celebration of Design Awards.

London Design Festival commissioned London-based jewellery designer Hannah Martin to create a unique award for the British Land Celebration of Design Awards. Hannah is the Creative Director of Hannah Martin London. Graduating from Central Saint Martins, Martin founded the brand in 2005 following her return to London from Paris where she worked with one of the most internationally recognised names in fine jewellery.

Hannah approached the design and fabrication of the Medals as she would a piece of jewellery. She dedicated the same attention to building the narrative behind the design, and in producing the Medals used the same highly skilled process of model making, hand-carving, setting, polishing and hallmarking. “In the initial discussions with London Design Festival and Pentagram we talked a lot about London, what signified London, and how this could be represented. The idea of a bird in flight felt like it struck the right note with a sense of freedom of thought and a feeling of being able to fly to great heights.” 

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