“Lasvit, leading designer and manufacturer of light and glass installations, has hand-made and cut the crystal trophies for the winners of the jubilee 100th year of the Tour de France cycle race, producing one each for the overall winner, best under-25 rider, best sprinter, and best climber. The elegant prize was designed, as in the previous two years, by Peter Olah under the management of Jozef Kaban, chief designer of Å koda Auto, which has sponsored the event for many 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. 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.
‘The fact that winners of the famous Tour de France will hold a trophy in their hands from Lasvit workshops of Czech glassmakers is starting to build a tradition of which I am very pleased. I am proud of the fact that we have managed to be a part of the jubilee 100th year of this race. In the same way as the cyclists, we try to do work of the best quality,’ says Leon Jakimic, founder of Lasvit.
Designer Peter Olah adds, ‘The opportunity to design the trophy for this fantastic race once again challenged me to build on the success of past years and produce a design that is even more a celebration of Czech hand-cut crystal glass and the precision with which Czech glassmakers can work with crystal. I am already looking forward to their presentation on Parisâ Champs-ÃlysÃ©es.'”