When Canada’s Rogers Cup concluded on August 13, winners Alexander Zverev and Elina Svitolina became the first to take home a shiny new trophy. Yabu Pushelberg, a design practice led by Interior Design Hall of Fame members George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, partnered with Cambria to redesign the sporting event’s prize.
The design team was inspired by Canada’s 150th anniversary, taking place this year. "We wanted to capture the verve and history of the tournament through progressive use of materiality and sophisticated form," Yabu says. A pitched cast-metal cap in gold or silver depicts the country’s signature maple leaf. The trophy's body is made of Cambria's Ella Matte, a white quartz with gray veins.
Cambria, a family-owned company founded in 2000, is responsible for manufacturing the new trophies. The Minnesota-based business produces all of its durable quartz surfaces in the U.S.
"The Rogers Cup trophy needed to represent Canada in an iconic way, projecting both the grace of the game and the power of a champion," says Summer Kath, SVP of design and business development for Cambria. "We were honored to showcase our innovative range of capabilities and show off our product in a new and interesting way."
This isn't Yabu Pushelberg's first project in support of Canadian athletics. The studio, which has offices in Toronto and New York, designed the Canada Olypmic House at the Rio Olympics in 2016.