Discover the Designers Awarded by Swarovski and Design Miami/Basel – Swarovski, in collaborate with Design Miami/ Basel 2017 just announced the winners of Swarovski Designers of the Future Award.
The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award honours promising young designers and studios who epitomise the new directions taking form in design – with a notable platform and opportunity to present their work.
The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award winners are:
• Takt Project (Satoshi Yoshiizumi): a multidisciplinary studio based in Tokyo, with a focus on
reinvention and socially driven endeavors.
• Jimenez Lai: a Los Angeles-based architect who blurs the boundaries between
design, art, architecture, sociology and technology, imagining other worlds and
design through telling stories.
• Marjan van Aubel: a Dutch designer based in London who works with materials
and objects to blend scientific precision with sensory responsiveness,
specializing in solar power.
Each of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award winners was selected for their ability to implement pioneering concepts and to dream, experiment and innovate within their work. Jimenez Lai will explore design through storytelling to develop captivating surfaces, and to create the overarching architectural space for the installation. Takt Project will work with cutting-edge technology in collaboration with MICRON3DP Ltd to produce a series of tabletop objects in 3D printed Swarovski crystal – something which has never been attempted before. Marjan van Aubel will work with Swarovski’s in-house experts on solar technology to develop a series of living light objects.
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “This year we are delighted to evolve the Swarovski Designers of the Future project to create an exciting collaborative space which explores how crystal and innovative technologies can be used to bring together different design disciplines. We look forward to seeing the creations of this talented, forward-thinking group of designers.”
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Takt Project (Satoshi Yoshiizumi)
Takt Project (Satoshi Yoshiizumi) commented: “To be able to work in such an important, innovative area as 3D printing is so exciting for our studio, and something that we would not have access to without the support of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award. Seeing how Swarovski has pushed the boundaries of creativity using crystal in the past and exploring the archives at Wattens was an inspiring experience and invaluable stimulation for the project.”
Jimenez Lai commented: “I’m excited to bring an architectural perspective to this years’ Design Miami/ Basel installation. Working with crystal is a stimulating new challenge as it creates a visual quality that is unlike most other materials architects normally use, and I’m eager to explore this through the design process. The mystical impact that crystal has on lighting and a sense of space, combined with the cutting edge technology embraced by Swarovski throughout its history will help to create a striking sensation.”
Marjan van Aubel
Marjan van Aubel commented: “Swarovski’s dedication to working within the boundaries of innovation and climate change is very important to me, and corresponds well with my focus on blending science with sensory responsiveness to develop aesthetic solutions for the future. The combination of crystal and solar power has the potential to be incredibly beautiful and forward thinking.”
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