MEET THE 2016 SWAROVSKI DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE
By Crash redaction
HERE ARE THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2016 SWAROVSKI DESIGNERS OF THE FUTURE AWARD
Crystal behemoth Swarovski and international design fair Design Miami are celebrating ten years of close partnership. With the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award, the Austrian crystal House has aimed to support young talents in all design disciplines and give them the opportunity to develop projects on a scale and with resources they wouldn’t normally have access to on their own. The 2016 edition of the Award focuses on the concept of “betterment” and finalists were asked to present an ideal proposal fo “designing for life and future living.” A jury of leading figures in design, including Nadja Swarovski, chose three eclectic, multi-disciplinary, international finalists who best represent what design is today. Sound artist Yuri Suzuki is a Japan-born, London-based designer and electronic musician whose work grasps the question of how music can affect people as well as people’s relations to sound. Suzuki takes this nomination as a “precious opportunity to show and exchange ideas as part of a global design platform,” as he and the other finalists will have the chance to show an exclusive work commissioned by Swarovski at Design Miami this June. “Crystal is a whole new challenge,” confide Brynjar Sigurðarson and Veronika Seldmair from Studio Brynjar & Veronika, a designer duo whose work takes on an interpretation of storytelling and narratives using several media (drawings, photography, furniture, among others), and who already work for leading galleries such as Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayettes, Manufacture de Sèvres, or Spark Design Space, to name but a few. Finally, Anjali Srinivasan is an artist based in Dubai who has been working with molten glass since 2000 and exploring “the relationship between material and data and people” with the new possibilities brought by innovative technologies in installations and sculptures using advanced digital mediums.
To complete their vision and help create their special project for Design Miami, the finalists were invited to visit Wattens, Swarovsik’s historic base in Austria. There, they were given the opportunity to dive into Swarovski’s crystal legacy, and get inspired by its endless creativity and forward-thinking sense for innovation. Their creations commissioned by Swarovski will be on display during the Design Miami fair from June 14th to 19th, 2016.