2017 Swarovski De­sign­ers Of The Fu­ture Award

Win­ners were se­lected for their abil­ity to im­ple­ment pi­o­neer­ing con­cepts and to dream, ex­per­i­ment and in­no­vate

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Swarovski and De­sign Miami/ are pleased to an­nounce the three win­ners of the 2017 Swarovski De­sign­ers of the Fu­ture Award. Se­lected from across the globe for their in­no­va­tive ap­proach to de­sign and pi­o­neer­ing use of new tech­nolo­gies, which in­clude in­no­va­tive sur­faces, 3D crys­tal print­ing and so­lar cell tech­nol­ogy.

The Swarovski De­sign­ers of the Fu­ture Award win­ners are Takt Project: a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary stu­dio based in Tokyo, with a fo­cus on rein­ven­tion and so­cially driven en­deav­ours. 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. And 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. The award in­vites the win­ning de­sign­ers to ad­vance projects within their se­lected field us­ing Swarovski’s di­verse re­sources to de­velop a new pro­to­type or de­sign state­ment that is in­spired or in­formed by crys­tal. This year’s re­cip­i­ents have been in­vited to cre­ate work that re­sponds to a brief of ‘Shap­ing So­ci­eties’.

The 2017 Award in­tro­duces a new for­mat, with de­sign­ers se­lected based on their unique ap­proach within one of three fields: ar­chi­tec­ture, tech­nol­ogy and prod­uct de­sign. For the first time, the win­ners will cre­ate de­signs that can co­a­lesce into one com­plete en­vi­ron­ment, to be ex­hib­ited as a sin­gle in­stal­la­tion dur­ing De­sign Miami/ Basel 2017. The fin­ished in­stal­la­tion will show­case an en­gag­ing mix of forms and tech­nolo­gies.

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 that 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.

The 2017 Swarovski De­sign­ers of the Fu­ture Award win­ners were se­lected by a jury of lead­ing fig­ures in the de­sign world, in­clud­ing Nadja Swarovski, Mem­ber of the Swarovski Ex­ec­u­tive Board; Alexan­dra Cun­ning­ham Cameron, Cu­ra­to­rial Ad­vi­sor of De­sign Miami/; Alexis Ge­or­ga­copou­los, Direc­tor of ECAL; Yves Be­har, en­tre­pre­neur and founder of fuse­pro­ject; Spencer Bai­ley, Editor in Chief of Sur­face Mag­a­zine; and Deyan Sud­jic, Direc­tor of the De­sign Mu­seum, Lon­don.

Swarovski De­sign­ers of the Fu­ture 2017: Jimenez Lai, Mar­jan van Aubel and Satoshi Yoshi­izumi of Takt Project

Mar­jan van Aubel

Jimenez Lai

Satoshi Yoshi­izumi of Takt Project

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