The Brief

To further complement and enhance Champagne Gosset’s most exclusive quality wine, and alongside its recent redesigning of the Celebris packaging, as illustrated, you are invited to design a visually distinctive and unique stopper to preserve the champagne for a minimum of three days after it is opened.

You are encouraged to interpret this in any way to create a visually appealing stopper, including considering a complimentary set or series of interrelated design statements. In your research, include looking at existing commercially available designs as a basis for improving innovation to this product.

Alongside the aesthetic qualities, functionality will be essential and you need to embrace the following considerations:

  • The stopper must prevent the wine from oxidizing and preserve its bubbles, so the last glass is as good and enjoyable as the first.
  • The design should be a visually striking object, in keeping with the ethos and quality of Celebris and its recently elevated packaging, and be a beautiful object that a collector can display for its aesthetic values when not in use.
  • Whilst being a traditional house Gosset are forward thinking and encourage entrants to be adventurous with their designs.
  • The design must work, and the methods for production should be clearly explained in the entry.
  • You are encouraged to explore contrasts of surface finishes and colour

Other points to note:

  • The stopper needs to attach to the bottle neck firmly to preserve the bubbles and prevent the it from flying off as the pressure builds inside the bottle.
  • Champagne Gosset have their own unique bottle shape, the diameter of the neck differs from a standard champagne bottle. Gosset have copyright on this, so to request an accurate diagram and specific measurements, please complete this form.

Subject to Gosset’s approval, it is intended to take the winning design into commercial production. With the anticipated cost parameters taken into consideration, base metals of brass or bronze for example, and electroplating will be employed. You are also required to provide a description in your presentation that relays your rationale and thinking behind your proposal.  

Along with winning this attractive and prestigious Award, the designer will also be invited to visit Gosset in France and have the potential of liaising with Gosset in the production of their design.

This design brief has been written in liaison with Rebecca Fraser and Kate Sweet of Champagne Gosset. 

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Entry Form Requirements

As per the brief criteria, there will be placeholders on the entry form for you to explain the concept behind your designs and the tools or techniques that you have used if you wish to separate text from your images. You may explain these on your designs or using the placeholders provided on the entry form, or both. 

The placeholders are: 

  • 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)

Judges Comments 2019/20

In the second year of GC&DC’s partnership with Champagne Gosset, we had an excellent response to the challenge of re-inventing the Champagne glass.  Scott Smith, a Glasgow student, really impressed the judges with his ‘out of the box’ thinking and was an outright winner to take this prestigious special award. Scott’s design was also shortlisted for the overall 2D design award in the competition.

Champagne Gosset are again inviting creative designers to be inventive and exciting, but also successful in accommodating important functionality alongside visually striking ideas. This is to complement and enhance their ultimate and top of the range Champagne; Celebris

Greater variation and more challenging interpretations of the design brief would be welcome.

About Champagne Gosset

Gosset is a high-end, small production Champagne house in northern France founded in 1584. They are the oldest winery in the champagne region, remain family owned and employ handmade, traditional techniques.  

This year’s brief has been inspired by Gosset’s most exceptional wine and the recent restyling of its packaging. The Celebris series of wines reflects and represents the family’s history and work of successive cellar masters. It is produced only in the most exceptional years when the natural characteristics of the harvest are suited to the unique style of these wines. Please refer to Gosset’s brochure for more information. 
For additional details about Gosset Champagne please go to www.champagne-gosset.com

Gosset x GC&DC – A conversation with 2D Silversmiths Winners

GC&DC & Champagne Gosset hosted a first virtual event as we talked design, champagne and announced the winner of the Silversmithing Creative Lockdown Challenge! We went behind the scenes with our sponsors and judges to discuss design briefs and decision-making processes and heard from the winners on their journeys through the competition. David Stonehouse & Scott Smith, 2019 and 2020 winners of the 2D Silversmiths Prize, spoke with judge, trustee & silversmith Andy Putland and Jean Pierre Cointreau & Julien Cointreau from Gosset as they shared the inspiration behind their winning entries and experience in entering the Awards.


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