Winners of Swarovski Designers of the Future Award premiered groundbreaking designs at the 11th Edition Design Miami/Basel June 14-19.
Taking place every December in Miami followed by Art Basel shows occurring each June in Basel, Switzerland, DESIGN MIAMI/ is one of the premier international venues for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design.
DESIGN MIAMI/ attracts influential global collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics to celebrate design culture and commerce. Inspired by Swarovski’s design DNA and tradition of innovation, the four recipients of the 2016 award – glass artist Anjali Srinivasan, sound artist Yuri Suzuki and artistic duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika – developed projects working directly with the Austrian firm.
The amazing projects include: a touch-sensitive illuminating wave, a sound installation and a conversation between crystal and light.
“Unda,” Anjali Srinivasan’s undulating wave with stunning illuminated gradient effects incorporates Swarovski Touch Crystal, a new technology where crystals glow when sensing interaction. Imagine 3,000 Swarovski crystals, and 5,000 glass pieces created in Anjali’s Dubai studio.
Sharevari by London-based Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki explores crystal as an acoustic material: a mechanical, interactive crystallophone. With 16 brass mechanical structures (“notes”), each features a handmade crystal form and represents tones from c1 to d3. Brass hammers hit the crystal, and vibrations translate into beautiful sound.
Yuri Suzuki commented: “My audience can be quite wide-ranging, from very tech-focused people to musicians … I was very excited to investigate how the vibrations in crystals can be interpreted as sound.”
The Icelandic-German design duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika assembled bespoke prism slats into a functional window blind with a fabulous rainbow effect. And another creation used crystal tiles and 3D scans to project water-like reflections on surrounding surfaces.
In total agreement, the Award recipients consider Swarovski “a mystical, magical place. We love to dive into new mediums and crystal is a whole new challenge.”
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