Jiří Zídek Trophy

Basketball Trophy as a Fusion of Tradition and Cutting-Edge Craftsmanship

Crafting the Jiří Zídek Trophy

Experience the fusion of tradition and innovation: the design of the Jiří Zídek Trophy, commissioned by CZ Basketball for the Kooperativa NBL. Crafted through a collaboration between sportsmanship and cutting-edge technology, this trophy represents a milestone in the realm of sports awards. Combining the timeless elegance of CNC machining with the revolutionary precision of 3D printing, the Jiří Zídek Trophy stands as a testament to the marriage of craftsmanship and modernity.

Asociace prvoligových klubů, CZ.BASKETBALL
3D printed stainless steel, resin, gold, brass
Height: 63 cm, Weight: 15 kg
Photo credits
Ondřej Kovalčík, Jiří Tyl

Symbolism in Design, Essence in Details

Within the Jiří Zídek Trophy, three fundamental motifs converge: the ball, the hoop, and the circle. The ball symbolizes the essence of the game, the hoop represents triumph, and the circle embodies the camaraderie of teamwork. These motifs – the game, victory, and team spirit – are boldly intertwined and manifested into a single artifact transcending mere recognition, embodying the spirit of athleticism and perseverance.

The surface of the ball is adorned with 24-karat gold plating – the metal of champions. Utilizing a special resin casting technique, tiny gold fragments are embedded throughout the depth of the material, creating intricate detailing. Moreover, the ball hides an important artifact from the estate of Jiří Zídek, the most famous Czech basketball player of the 20th century.

Celebrating Champions: The Legacy of the Jiří Zídek Trophy

Inspired by the dynamics of the ball sinking through the hoop, the geometric form of the net captures the essence of this moment. Its shape exudes a sense of weightlessness, stretching towards the ball in a fleeting yet graceful motion frozen in time.

The robust circular base not only bears the name of the trophy but also features ten plaques, gradually inscribed with the names of the winners of each annual championship. As the Jiří Zídek Trophy continues to evolve, it etches its mark in the annals of sporting history, celebrating the triumphs of champions past, present, and future.

The Excellence of the Fabrication

From the CNC-machined stainless steel base to the intricate 3D-printed components, every step of the process reflects a commitment to precision and quality. The trophy resulted from a collaboration between the Designer, PrusaLab, and the Technical University of Liberec showcasing a dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation in sports awards.

Utilizing advanced techniques such as stainless steel 3D printing (Selective Laser Melting) for the intricate details of the net and resin casting for the gold-infused ball, the artisans have elevated the sport award to a symbol of excellence in design and fabrication. As the Jiří Zídek Trophy makes its debut, it serves not only as a testament to athletic achievement but also as a beacon of craftsmanship and ingenuity.