Talents in luxury and design 2023 : Lucio Bubacco wins the Talent d’Or

The winners of the 18th Talents du luxe et de la création competition, organised by the Centre du luxe et de la création since 2002, were announced at the Sommet du Luxe held yesterday in Paris. The 18-member jury met on 11 May to select the nine winners.


Nine talents for the nine values of luxury: Audacity, Well-being, Elegance, Harmony, Innovation, Invention, Originality, Rarity and Seduction. The 18 members of the jury, who met on 11 May, also selected the Talent d’or, the Talent du Management, the Empreinte de l’année, the Prix spécial du Jury and the Prix spécial des Métiers d’Art. All these Talents in Luxury and Creation winners were unveiled yesterday at the Luxury Summit 2023, organised by the Centre du luxe et de la création in Paris.



Opera TRAGHETTATORE DELLADE Lucio Bubacco, glassblower Glass Artist from Murano (Italy), Talent d’Or 2023



Against a backdrop of multiple uncertainties and transitions, a growing awareness of the need to protect our environment and preserve artistic crafts, some of which have become rare, this class of Talents 2023 reflects the diversity of the worlds that make up luxury. Gastronomy, interior design and decoration are widely represented among the winners. Perhaps an echo of our need for beauty and good taste? But jewellery, watchmaking, fashion, perfumery and cosmetics were also among the nominees.


In this list of winners, crafts based on centuries-old traditions and ancient techniques that have been revisited, reinvented or combined with the most innovative technologies rub shoulders, showing the absolute mastery of gestures and the intuition required for the most unique creations. But it’s also the life stories and the intentions expressed that give a particular tone to this year’s class. The 2023 selection is also an invitation to travel. It introduces us to creative talent from Italy, the UK, Portugal, Serbia and Japan, and reveals the hidden treasures at the heart of French regions such as Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, the Aix-en-Provence region and Occitanie…




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The Talents in Luxury and Creation awards ceremony, which took place on Thursday 15 June in the magnificent Salon Opéra ballroom of L’interContinental Paris-Le Grand, unveiled the winners of the 2023 edition. In front of an audience of over 250 people, they were presented with an original trophy specially created by Cogitech.


The full list of winners


  • Golden Talent

This talent, which rewards an exceptional work, the sum of all the values of creative inspiration, was awarded to : Lucio Bubacco, Glass Artist, Murano Venice (Italy).

  • Special Jury Prize

This talent rewards a designer for his or her exceptional career. It was awarded to :

Dominique Loiseau, President of Groupe Bernard Loiseau, in Saulieu, Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

  • Footprint of the Year

This prize, awarded to a designer who has made a mark on his or her time, went to : Céline Pham, a “nomadic” French chef with Vietnamese roots, who opened her first restaurant, Inari, in 2022 in Arles, Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur.

  • The Métiers d’art Special Prize

This prize, which rewards a designer who magnifies the skills of the crafts, was awarded to :

Mauro Lorenzi, a designer of everyday objects who continues the family tradition in the Trentino valley in northern Italy.

  • Talent for Daring

Rogan Brown, Anglo-Irish paper sculptor based in Nimes, Occitanie.

  • Talent for well-being

Sophie Théodose, contemporary illuminator, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Ile-de-France.

  • Talent for Elegance

Elliott Barnes, interior designer, Elliott Barnes Interiors – Paris

  • Talent for Harmony

Odile Dhavernas, Associate Director; Claire Douerin, Product Manager and Fabienne Bonnamour, Manufacture de Tapis de Bourgogne, Moroges, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

  • Talents for Innovation – ex aequo

Massimiliano Alajmo, chef at the family-run 3-star Le Calandre restaurant, which has been listed as one of the world’s 50 best restaurants for 10 years, in Padua, and also at the Quadri restaurant in Venice, Italy.

Didier Finck, Creative Director and Ludovic Zussa, Director of Operations, Apose, the French watch company, Mulhouse, Eastern France

  • Talents of Invention – ex aequo

Caroline Perrin, wall art designer, AC Matières, Paris

Sébastien Vauxion, Head Chef, Sarkara 2* and Executive Pastry Chef, K2 Collections, Courchevel, Rhône-Alpes

  • Talent for Originality

Hannah Cecil Gurnay, Director of Maison de Gournay, offering “the world’s finest wallpaper”, London. London.

  • Talent for Rarity – ex aequo

Nicolas Hugo, director, Ateliers Hugo, creation of artists’ jewellery, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur

Benoit Marcu, cabinetmaker and restorer, Atelier Marcu, Saint-Denis, Ile-de-France

  • Seductive talent

Helene Karpov, high jewellery designer, Jeanne Karpov, illustrator, Maison de joaillerie Karpov Karpov, Paris

  • Management Talent

Alain Ellouz, CEO, Atelier Alain Ellouz, alabaster and rock crystal creation, Bièvres, Ile-de-France



Read also > Talents du Luxe: the nominees revealed 

Featured photo : Lucio Bubacco is photographed in front of a painting entitled “Je vais lui écrire” 2020 by Charles Belle, with the “L’Âme du Luxe” Trophy created by Sylvain Quidant (Cogitech) © Centre du Luxe et de la Création

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