100th Copa FAD

Commemorating a century-old tradition

Andreu Carulla was invited by Catalonia’s superlative association of art and design professionals to design the 100th edition of their prestigious ceremonial toasting cup.

 

Founded in 1903 in Barcelona, The FAD (Foment del les Arts i el Disseny/Fostering of the Arts and Design) has commissioned an eminent artist or designer to design a ceremonial cup to toast the annual member’s gathering since 1917 (except during the years of the Spanish Civil War). These include names such asMiguel Milà, Ettore Sottsass, Rafael Marquina, André Ricard, Martí Guixé, Xavier Mariscal, Alessandro Mendini, Jaume Plensa and more.

 

To celebrate the significance of cup number 100, Andreu Carulla has designed a cup that is big enough to fill with the contents of the 99 cups that preceded it and nicknamed it “Copón”, which has the double meaning in Spanish of both the term for a ceremonial cup and as adjective for something enormous. Created on location at a clay extrusion factory in La Bisbal (Catalonia, Spain) the designer sliced a length of cylindrical ceramic extrusion and planted it upright, creating an organically crumpled base that seals the contents of the cup. Lined with a glaze and engraved with the name of every designer who came before him, the supersized cup was used to toast the FAD’s annual members’ gathering on the 29th of April 2019.

 

It is now displayed in in “La Copoteca” (The Cup Library) at the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona(Barcelona Design Museum) along with the cups from previous years.

FAD · 2019

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