The 16th edition of the Berlin Packaging Bruni Glass Design Award took place in Milan on 15th November. Students from the US, Italy, France, Germany and Argentina created luxury packaging designs across one of four categories: Spirits, Wine, Oil & Vinegar and Home Fragrance.
At an awards ceremony in Milan last week, hybrid packaging supplier Berlin Packaging revealed the winners of its Bruni Glass Design Award competition, now in its 16th year. Students of design dreamed up “contemporary, avant-garde entries in line with market trends”. And the winners are…
First prize was given to Mesh (pictured below), a project from Davide Intravaia (Politecnico di Milano). Inspired by polygon mesh, the triangles creating the bottle’s multifaceted form are designed to reflect and refract light. Mesh also won the award for Best Graphic Panel.
Second place in the Spirits category went to Daisy Ruiz’s (University of Illinois Chicago) Relic, a spirits bottle inspired by Milan’s Duomo cathedral. Pointed arches like those found in Gothic architecture are subtly embossed at the base of the bottle.
Oil & Vinegar
Mercedes Luhaces (Universidad Católica de Santa Fe in Argentina) won first prize for Helen in the Oil & Vinegar category. The olive oil bottle has "sloped shoulders culminating in soft, organic lines". When two bottles are placed side by side, the space between them was designed to evoke the silhouette of a drop of olive oil.
Carmen by Alessandro Ceriani (Politecnico di Milano) was awarded second prize in the category. The bottle’s geometric shape is inspired by traditional blue and white Greek architecture. A gentle arch features at the top of the bottle, which also has beveled sides.
Mercedes Luhaces (Universidad Católica de Santa Fe in Argentina) also won first prize in the Wine category for Harmony. Clean, symmetrical lines at the top of the bottle contrast with the base, where the design is intended to evoke a “sensation of movement”.
Giulia Macchini (Politecnico di Milano) won second prize for Decoltè, a wine bottle with “sinuous curves” designed to appear “elegant, steady and yet fragile”.
In the Home Fragrances category, Pham Minh Phuc (Münster School of Design) won first place for Fuji, a “flowing, soft and organic” design inspired by its namesake mountain. The closure into which the reeds are placed represents the peak of the mountain. This project was also crowned the overall winner of the awards.
Maria Cecilia Buonocunto (Politecnico di Milano) was awarded second place for Grammy. Inspired by the shapes of old gramophones and vinyl records, it consists of a candle (the base) and fragrance diffuser (the horn). The reed diffuser sits in the candle jar and the two elements can be separated when the candle is being burned.
Two honorable mentions in Engineering were also awarded. These were Giulia Pietracaprina’s (Politecnico di Milano) Nefertiti spirits bottle inspired by a desert landscape and with a thick base and necklace-like decoration at the neck.
Victor Renaud (FS Pack Cognac) was also recognized for Hayim in the Wine category. Designed as an invitation to travel, the bottle is inspired by a Kuwaiti tower.
Agustina Massei (Universidad Católica de Santa Fe in Argentina) won a special mention for Sustainability with Driko Eco, a Home Fragrance.