In 2014 a new, specially designed award was presented to the Laureates of the Polar Music Prize besides the one million Swedish kronor ($145.000) to each Laureate. In collaboration with Orrefors Glassworks, Swedish designer Efva Attling made the award which will be permanent and symbolizes the history and origin of the Polar Music Prize in a unique way. Previously, well-known Swedish artists and painters have created specific awards for each year’s Laureates.
The first Laureates to receive the new award were rock’n’roll pioneer and legend Chuck Berry and opera director Peter Sellars.
Efva Attling chose glass and silver as materials and the design connects strongly to Polar Music, the record company that Polar Music Prize founder Stig ‘Stikkan’ Anderson started in 1963. It was the successes with this record label that laid the foundation for the Polar Music Prize, awarded for the first time in 1992. The mountain tops of the glass sculpture are inspired by the logo and label of Polar Music in the 1980’s – which in turn is inspired by the stage design of ABBA’s last tour of 1979-80.
Today’s symbol of the Polar Music Prize – the royal crown made up entirely by notes and other musical signs and symbols – is mounted in silver in between the glass segments of the sculpture.
– I knew I wanted to work with clear crystal and silver in combination, I’ve done that before with Orrefors, says Efva Attling, who is happy and proud of this mission.
– It was a great honor, considering the prestige and reputation of this international music prize. For me personally it is also great fun because I met Stikkan and everyone in ABBA a great deal when I travelled around the world as a model in my early years, says Efva.
The Prize Ceremony in Stockholm Concert Hall will be broadcasted live on Swedish national TV4 on Tuesday August 26 at 17.00.
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Background, Efva Attling:
Efva made her first piece of jewelry when she was only eleven years old, and by the age of sixteen, she was a pupil of one of Sweden’s great silversmiths; Bengt Liljedahl. Shortly after, Efva was discovered by legendary model agent Eileen Ford, and a twelve year long modeling career began.
She traveled the world, working in Paris, London, Milan and New York. After her modeling career, Efva started a band called ’X Models’, which in 1981 had a big hit, ‘Två av oss’ (Two of us) with music and lyrics by Efva. In 1996, Efva went back to her origins: working with silver, gold and precious stones. Thanks to her sense for style and fashion, she has also had the opportunity to design clothes for big, international brands such as Levi’s and H&M. Among her recent projects are design cooperations with Yoko Ono and Swedish House Mafia. Today, her jewelry has already become the preference of stars like Meryl Streep, Madonna and Uma Thurman.
If you want to read more about Efva Attling and her work, visit her website.