FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2014

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New Men’s World Championship trophy exemplifies strong volleyball values

The new trophy is 42.88cm in height and weighs nine kilograms

Warsaw, Poland, January 27, 2014 – The new trophy, specially commissioned for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 to be used for the first time in the Championship was unveiled to the media and public during the Drawing of Lots at Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science on Monday.

The new trophy, which is 42.88cm in height and weighs nine kilograms, has set itself apart from other awards in international sporting competitions.

Unique contemporary design

The trophy was constructed using 12 individual pieces, representing each member of a volleyball team.

The pieces are brought together in a seamless cylindrical design, symbolising the coming together of the 12 players using the rotation system on the court. The overall shape reflects the speed and elegance of volleyball as well as the volleyball values of purity, performance, power, precision and team work.

Going for gold

The base of the trophy is coated in nickel a simple and common elements representing the resilience of the team in the staring phase of the Championship. The trophy’s gradual move from nickel to gold from its base to its crown, exemplifies the winning team growing in confidence as they work through the stages of the Championship. The trophy’s gold plated crown represents the final achievement of a World Championship title.

Bringing together the best

The coming together of an open minded sports federation, two contemporary product designers and skilled production specialists have made it possible to create something truly extraordinary for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014.

The conceptual design for the trophy was provided by Marco Heer of Achtung! a creative agency known internationally for their work in brand development. Having worked closely with the FIVB for a number of years, the company was responsible for designing the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014 logo on which the design of the trophy was based.

The FIVB then mandated two young product designers from Switzerland, Thilo Alex Brunner and Jörg Mettler to create the new World Championship trophy.

Eichenberger LTD and their mastermind, Juan Franco were responsible for its production. The company specialises in complex metal works for the Swiss watchmaking and jewellery industry.

The trophy was unveiled following the Drawing of Lots for the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship Poland 2014, which determined the makeup of the pools in the first round of their year’s tournament.

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