Swarovski at Design Miami/ Basel 2016
The winners of the 2016 Swarovski Designers of the Future Award at this year’s Design Miami/Basel (June 14-19 2016) explored the innovative potential of crystal via a series of interactive installations.
- Responsive Surfaces: Unda by Dubai-based artist Anjali Srinivasan is a rolling wave surface made of glass elements embedded with touch-sensitive technology. Light travels across the crystal surface following the trail of the user’s hand, bringing a tangible connection to light and human interaction.
- Play of Light: German-Icelandic duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika investigates the reflective and refractive light qualities of crystal within the home. Thirty prismic slats are used in a functioning blind that casts a rainbow of light onto the room, while their Reflections of Water tiles transform light into water-like reflections on surrounding surfaces, helping to bring elemental qualities inside.
- Exploring Sound: London-based artist Yuri Suzuki’s mechanical instrument, titled Sharevari, explores crystal as an acoustic material. It consists of 16 brass structures, each featuring a handmade crystal form. When brass hammers hit the crystal, the vibrations are translated into sound, with each crystal emitting a different note.
Swarovski is renowned for partnering with a diverse range of innovators that push the typical constraints of pure product design. See the brand’s inaugural home collection from this year’s Milan Design Week, for their fresh interpretations of crystal.
Designers are increasingly incorporating light-distorting materials into visually arresting surfaces and products. See our Prismatic A/W 17/18 Colour Spectrum and Refract Christmas 2017 to see how refraction and reflection are being harnessed for unpredictable colour-shifting visuals.