“Stunning” design wins competition to create the Gilbert Medal

02 April 2012
“Stunning” design wins competition to create the Gilbert Medal. The medal will be manufactured in Birmingham’s world-class Jewellery Quarter and prepared for the presentation to Dr Allan Goodman, inaugural winner, on 10 May 2012 at Lund University.

After a hotly-contested competition, a design by Piotr Szpryngwald and Mirko Ihrig, two industrial design students at Lund University, has been chosen for the inaugural U21 Gilbert Medal. The Gilbert Medal will be presented to Dr Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institution for International Education at a ceremony at Lund University on 10 May, celebrating his outstanding contribution to international higher education.

The competition to design the medal was launched at the end of 2011 and was open students at Lund University. Piotr and Mirko fought off some stiff competition to become the winning designers with a proposal which was described as “simply stunning” by Stephen Hobbis, Managing Director of W H Darby, the metalwork specialists selected to create the medal. In an abstract way, the design visualises aspects of international education with the multiple reflections and shades of the polygonal structure. The design also links people at all stages of the academic journey together, from the students at the beginning to the experienced luminaries who will receive it. On being told of their success, Mirko commented “To be the designers of the Gilbert Medal is, for us, almost as great an honour as that for the person whose achievements are to be acknowledged by it.” Alongside the change to see their design come to life, the pair also won return flights to a U21 city of their choice.

W H Darby was chosen to manufacture the medal has a long history of craftsmanship. Established in 1886, the company have had a huge array of memorable commission over the years. The English Football League is their oldest customer, having supplied Championship and League Cup medals for over 115 years and who commissioned them to create a replacement FA Cup when it was stolen in 1896. The medals for 1908 Olympic Games were also produced by W H Darby, so we are confident that this tradition of high quality metalwork will continue with the Gilbert Medal. Mr Hobbis, who is overseeing the medal’s creation, commented “Having been manufacturing medals and badges for over 190 years in Birmingham, we know a thing or two about medal design. The Gilbert Medal design is quite superb and will, without doubt, draw on the skills of all involved in its manufacture.