s.2 Smallworkers

Design an intriguing silver box titled ‘Gosset Heritage & Hidden Treasures’ .

This will be Champagne Gosset’s fourth year of Patron partnership with the GC&DC, and after successful design outings with a silver Trophy, re-inventing the champagne glass and a bottle stopper, the challenge this year is to capture, depict and represent Gosset’s heritage in an aesthetic way that evokes intrigue, mystery and has a reveal to the quality of Champagne Gosset’s respected reputation for producing the finest Champagne wine.  

This time we are inviting creative designers to be inventive, exciting and expressive within the enriching specialist field of smallwork, to design a silver box that provides surface areas, both in and outside to create visual representation of Gosset’s long standing heritage. This can also include hidden elements and treasures to increase intrigue, interest and fascination.  

Research Champagne Gosset to understand its deep-rooted hand-crafted procedures in producing their undisputed quality wines. Gosset Champagne spends most of its life in their extensive cellars, an essential part of producing the quality and distinctiveness, which provide good imagery and conditions for consideration. A smallworkers silver box will enable you to visually depict this and also offers opportunities to create intrigue from what can be inside to reveal and possibly complete a statement of aesthetics that reflect and represent Gosset. Incorporating and promoting branding remain very important so use either or both the word ‘Gosset’ or the logo in your design. 

Synonymous to smallworking, for your silver box consider using a variety of materials, decorative treatments and enrichment in your proposal to reinforce and extend the visual qualities and connections/representations of Champagne Gosset.


You are encouraged to research in depth, this is a great way to find exciting, inspiring and different ideas that can answer the design brief really well, with a difference and that helps to make your proposal be a one off, and a statement that would befit the sponsors company ethos and requirements for this design challenge.

We caught up with Brett Payne for the 2020/21 competition for his top tips on designing for Smallwork.

An unmissable opportunity

The winning designer will be invited to take part in a visit to the House in northern France, where they will learn about the house’s history and modern-day working practices. The prize will be hosted by Gosset and their UK representative Louis Latour Agencies and will include travel and accommodation.

Subject to Gosset’s approval, the winning design will be manufactured and presented to winners of their newly inaugurated heritage award. This award will recognise individuals from different fields who are considered to be defenders of French heritage and tradition. The winning designer will have the potential of liaising with Gosset in the fabrication of their design.

Please see below for more about Champagne Gosset.

Guidance & Entry Form Requirements

  • Entries must comply with the 2D design guidelines;
  • Good standards of visual communication and presentation will be highly regarded;
  • Evidence of an understanding of Champagne Gosset and its heritage;
  • Description of your design, the concept and material specifications must be provided on the design board;
  • Outline method/s of manufacture, component parts, any surface treatments and finishing;
  • Entrants are requested to declare on the entry form if they have had their design rendered by a CAD technician or a digital artist.

There will be placeholders on the entry form for you to explain your design concept and the tools or techniques / processes that you have used. We encourage entrants to use these placeholders wisely. The information you provide will be ensure that judges can make informed decision

  • Design Concept: Please explain the idea and concept behind your design in meeting the brief requirements (Max 150 words)
  • Techniques & Technology used: It is important that you explain the techniques you have used to make your piece i.e. gouache, CAD, Illustrator, watercolours, Procreate etc. This will be used in the judging process and you may be at a disadvantage if it is unclear how the entry was designed. (Max 150 words)

Gosset is a high-end, small production Champagne house in northern France founded in 1584. It is the oldest winery in the Champagne region, remains family owned and employs handmade, traditional techniques. They are holders of the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant accreditation, awarded by the French Government in recognition of a company’s artisanal knowledge and excellence in craftsmanship.

Thibaut Le Mailloux, Gosset’s Marketing and Communications Director, said “Gosset Champagne embodies the tradition of crafting wine since 1584 as the oldest wine House in the region. However, we also have ambitions to perpetuate the creative soul of the House when it comes to creating new cuvées both in line with our House style and even new Champagne styles, such as a non-vintage blend with 12 years of ageing on its lees. It is for this reason that we strive to challenge ourselves through the innovative input from designers on the House’s soul and its design codes. For us, our partnership with the GC&DC and Goldsmiths’ Fair really is to rejuvenate our heritage and to awake new emotions around it, through contemporary design.”

09 Jan

Online entry deadline (for ALL entries)

25-27 Jan

All 3D entries submission / post-in days @ Goldsmiths' Centre, London

28 Feb

Awards Ceremony @ The Goldsmiths' Hall, London

09-11 Mar

Collection & post-back of entries; The Goldsmiths' Centre, London


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