2017 Tour de France trophies will once again be created in the glass workshops at Lasvit and bear the signature look of the ŠKODA design department. The form of the trophy itself remains unchanged in comparison to previous years, but features creative ideas drawn from the concept of Mladá Boleslav’s first electric vehicle, VISON E, which was introduced mid-April at the Shangai Auto Show. Its dynamic lines have been reflected in this year’s trophies which embodies the modern form of Czech Crystal.
There is so much inspiration in the history of Škoda brand that is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world. Here I had a chance to visit the Škoda museum in Mladá Boleslav and walk with journalists through the collection of all important cars for the brand and have a detailed look on them.
I am very happy to be part of this story and had a chance to spend time in Škoda Museum and learn about the history of bike production by Laurin & Klement. I’m pleased Czech crystal has become an integral part of the famous Tour de France. Designing trophies for each subsequent year is always a new challenge for us. This year we took our inspiration from the very spirit of Tour de France, the moment when racers compete in the peloton wheel-to-wheel. The rotating décor of the trophy is a direct reflection of the spinning wheels of the best-of-the-best. This is the sixth year we have designed the trophies that serve as an emblem of what Tour de France stands for: cycling, hard work and the taste of victory.
Geneva Motor Show 2016 – here we go! Skoda presented the VisionS design study and thereby its new design style that underlines the brand’s emotive strength. The VisionS is designed in an expressive, attractive and dynamic way. The design has a balance – typical for Skoda – of rationality and aesthetics. The lines of the Skoda VisionS have evidently been inspired by the tradition of Bohemian crystal glass art and a touch of cubism: all sections are precise, sharp and clean-cut. On the strikingly contoured surfaces, the distinctive play of light and shade creates strong effects that are emphasised even further by the colour Iceland Green.