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He manufactured the trophies for all the iF gold award winners with so much precision and dedication. Now, sadly, the news reached us that Gert Meidinger passed away.
We at iF are deeply sad about this news. We enjoyed working with Gert since the mid-nineties.
It was Herbert H. Schultes himself, the designer of the iF trophy, who came to Gert and asked him to build them. Happily, he said "yes" immediately. In fact, the two of them have built the very first iF gold award trophy together, in Gerts Workshop near Munich. “When I see how happy the award winners are about the trophy on stage”, Gert once said, “then I am very happy as well!”
We will miss his enthusiasm, his love for every detail and passion for his craft. Gert was a very reliable person and it was always an enrichment to meet him personally.
With him, we have lost an open and cheerful personality and one of our favorite special guests at our awards ceremonies.
Our thoughts are with his family and all his friends who just like us are left deeply saddened by this news.
Video: In the video, starting at minute 0:30, you can watch Herbert H. Schultes and Gert Meidinger talk about their iF gold trophy.