The winner of the Pentland Winston Churchill Design Competition is announced

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Sara Griffin, from Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, is announced as the winner of the third annual Pentland Winston Churchill Design Competition.

Her quirky Pol Roger Champagne gift box, was designed to celebrate the life of the great leader. Judges commented that Sara’s breadth of research on Winston Churchill’s life, her consideration of Pol Roger’s identity and a true passion for packaging design was exceptional.

The brief this year was to design a gift box and label for a Magnum of Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2006 champagne. It was the style of Pol Roger Champagne that Sir Winston Churchill himself enjoyed, so was the perfect way to commemorate his life. 

The competition was open to design students and graduates and organised by Pentland, in Partnership with International Churchill Society UK, Pol Roger Champagne and ARTS THREAD. This year the competition saw more international entries than ever before – with admissions from Hong Kong, Indonesia, the US and the UK.

The top three places were awarded to:
1. Sara Griffin – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
2. Shan Khan – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
3. Denzel Currie – Kingston University, UK

The esteemed judging panel included Randolph and Jennie Churchill, Allen Packwood and Barry Phipps of Churchill College Cambridge and Christian Pol Roger and Laurent d’Harcourt of Pol Roger Champagne.
Randolph Churchill and his sister Jennie were delighted to be involved in the judging of the competition. 
Randolph said:

‘It was such an inspiring day at Pentland’s offices. The Pol Roger theme inspired hundreds to submit their designs and there were competitors not only from all over the world.  The winners demonstrated incredible awareness of the objective and will be outstanding achievers in their careers.

The Pentland Churchill design competition is a great way for The International Churchill Society (UK) to continue to foster awareness and understanding of my great grandfather to a younger generation.’

As well as a cash prize and trip to The Pol Roger vineyard Epernay, France, Sara has also been offered a paid work placement at Pentland’s global HQ in London.