Swarovski announces its designers of the future

23 : 06 : 2017 Design : Luxury : Technology

Basel – Unveiled during Design Miami/ Basel 2017, the winning works explored 3D printing, solar cell technology and innovative surfaces.

Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017, Basel Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017, Basel
Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017, Basel Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017, Basel
Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017, Basel Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017, Basel
Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017, Basel Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017, Basel

The three recipients of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2017 collaborated with Swarovski to create a three-part installation inspired by crystal.

Tokyo-based studio Takt Project worked with 3D printing company Micron3DP to develop Ice Crystal, the world’s first 3D-printed crystal. The designers explored the ability of the technology to create a range of shapes and surface textures, and applied it to crystal in a process that Swarovski claims ‘effectively enables an artist to print light’.

Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel’s Cyanometer is a series of three ‘living’ light objects that harness solar energy from the sun through a portable crystal solar panel that users carry on their person.

Los Angeles-based Jimenez Lai’s Terrazzo Palazzo is an architectural environment made from a new material that incorporates upcycled Swarovski crystals. Inspired by the need to re-use and repurpose materials for a more sustainable future, the process ensures that the crystals that do not pass Swarovski’s quality control stage do not go to waste.

The Big Picture

  • LS:N Global spoke to designer Marjan van Aubel in the run-up to the Energies Unseen exhibition at the 2015 Salone Internazionale del Mobile
  • For more on the consumer trends that will shape the luxury sector in the future, purchase a ticket to our UK Luxury Futures Forum 2017
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