Beer? Porcelain? What is the most typical thing offered by our land of ten million citizens, underneath the shadow of Mt. Sněžka? Years ago, Czech designers were searching for inspiration, when they received an assignment to create the trophy for champions of the most famous stages on the planet. Then it dawned on them. “Simply crystal!”
“The choice of material was clear and simple,” says Peter Olah, designer for ŠKODA. In 2011, Olah and the glassworkers on his team began writing the story of the cups, which has stood in the halls of fame in Australia, Britain, and also in Columbia.
This year‘s trophies will once again be created in the glass workshops at Lasvit and bear the signature look of the ŠKODA design department. The form of the trophy itself remains unchanged in comparison to previous years, but features creative ideas drawn from the concept of Mladá Boleslav’s first electric vehicle, VISON E, which was introduced mid-April at the Shangai Auto Show. Its dynamic lines have been reflected in this year’s trophies which embodies the modern form of Czech Crystal.
“All of the trophies for the Tour de France were created at Lasvit, except 2015’s, and each of them were made by hand-blowing crystal glass into forms and followed by glass cutting based on the design by Peter Olah,” explains Hana Klímová, communication manager for Lasvit and adds: “Making one trophy takes around 23 hours.”