Norwegian jewellery engineer Sigurd Bronger receives the 2012 Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize of SEK 1,000,000 (approx EUR 110,000).
Sigurd Bronger is a jewellery designer who works in the sphere of the delicate and small scale; between early 20th century mechanical industrialism, humour, love of the material, time and the finely polished. Bronger’s jewellery crosses the genders, even though the process is playfully male – with gearwheels, precision mechanics and wonderful hand-made packaging. He treats time as a material, alongside brass, precious metals, diamonds and wood – all meticulously selected and worked during a long, sterling process. When the jury visited his studio in Oslo, he told us that he creates three or four new pieces a year. Industrial romanticism characterises Sigurd Bronger’s jewellery and his inspiration stems from instruments and machinery. When I look at and touch Bronger’s jewellery, I feel like a young boy at a funfair or caught up in a wonderful mechanical fairytale world – I forget everything else around me. Sigurd Bronger’s design art changes my perception of what is possible. Says ￼￼Ted Hesselbom from The Röhsska Museum prize committee for the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize.
The Torsten and Wanja Söderberg’s prize was inaugurated in 1992 by the Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Foundations, two of Sweden’s most important donors to Sweden’s research and development. The foundations were formed in 1960. During the year 2011, Torsten Söderbergs Foundation and Ragnar Söderbergs Foundation allocated ca SEK 260 millions to scientific and corresponding purposes.