This year’s Swarovski Designers of the Future Award winners break barriers in design

by Ayman Contractor Jun 06, 2017

Swarovski established the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award in 2006 to honour promising designers and design studios around the world. The aim of this award is to offer the next generation a platform to showcase their newly commissioned work at Design Miami. This global design forum brings together the most influential art collectors, designers, gallerists and journalists. It is the leading venue for collecting and exhibiting design, with Art Basel fairs happening in Miami each December and in Basel, Switzerland each June.

Swarovski and Design Miami have collaborated for the third year on this award to reveal the installations of this year’s three winners in Basel. In a world first, this year’s installation will include pieces created using 3D crystal printing, solar cell technology and innovative surfaces.

Jimenez Lai, Marjan van Aubel and TAKT Project were announced as the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award Winners in Milan during Salone del Mobile 2017. The winners worked under the umbrella theme of Shaping Societies while also taking into account individual briefs reflecting their different fields.

TAKT Project is a multidisciplinary studio based in Tokyo founded by Atsushi Honda, Yoshitaka Ito, Satoshi Yoshiizumi, and Takeshi Miyazaki, with their main motto being Reinvention. They worked with 3D printing company MICRON3DP and Swarovski to produce Ice Crystal, using 3D printing to produce shapes and surface textures not possible with traditional crystal glass molding, blowing or cutting.

Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel has worked closely with Swarovski’s technical teams in Wattens and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) to design Cyanometer, a series of three living light objects. The sunlight is harnessed via a portable crystal solar panel that can be carried by the user throughout the day. It can then be used to power light sources in the home.

Jimenez Lai masterminded the unifying installation housing all the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award winners’ concepts, creating Terrazzo Palazzo, a palazzo style architectural environment. The deconstructed palazzo will be formed by freestanding structures, using ‘second quality’ crystals that did not passed Swarovski’s stringent quality control due to minor imperfections.

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