The Award

Lichtrequisit, the trophy of Design Award 2011

Lichtrequisit, the trophy of Design Award 2011 was specifically designed for the project as a unique creation symbolizing the diversity of the history and the present of design.

The Award

The object is based on the oeuvre of two key figures of Hungarian art and design, László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) and Lajos Kassák (1887-1967). As the outstanding figure of Bauhaus, Moholy-Nagy wrote: „Designing is not a profession but an attitude. Design has many connotations. It is the organization of materials and processes in the most productive way, in a harmonious balance of all elements necessary for a certain function. It is the integration of technological, social, and economical requirements, biological necessities, and the psychological effects of materials, shape, color, volume and space. Thinking in relationships.” The name of the trophy, Lichtrequisit Light-Space Modulator is homage to Moholy-Nagy. Another base for the trophy was the Constructivism of Lajos Kassák, the founder of MA (’Today’) magazine in Vienna. The inscription of the award was made with the Archian Stencil font designed by György Szőnyei, who was inspired by the forms of Kassák’s MA. The other font used on the award was Neutraface by famed American designer Christian Schwartz.

Lichtrequisit is an icosahedron, one of the five Platonic solids. The icosahedron is a regular polyhedron. It has five triangular faces meeting at each vertex, with 20 identical equilateral triangular faces, 30 edges and 12 vertices. The 12 vertices symbolize the months if the year, the five triangular faces symbolize the 5 categories. An icosahedron has 36 body diagonals, which is the international prefix number of Hungary. The icosahedron symbolizes the universe of today’s Hungarian design, and is divided to five parts, five congruent shapes for each category.

The philosophy and the design concept of Lichtrequisit was developed by the creative team Lead82 led by Zalán Péter Salát graphic designer, with the assistance of Dávid Lencsés, Dániel Németh , and Alajos Hepke. The implementation of the object is the work of Ferenc Csurgai sculptor.