The Swarovski Designers of the Future Awards went to rainbow curtains, an interactive LED installation and crystalline musical instruments. Tasked with “designing for life and future living,” the winning designers, who include Yuri Suzuki, Anjali Srinivasan, and design duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika, were announced in February and will present their work at Design Miami/Basel next month.
Studio Brynjar & Veronika, which developed products including “rainbow curtains,” spoke of the design duo’s intrigue with “the moment when the sun shines through the curtains and fills the room with rainbow reflections.” Design Miami says of the concept, “While some pieces refract the light into the colors of the rainbow, others reflect illuminated shadows on the floor or turn a space into a scene full of color. The idea is to bring a sense of the natural and the diverse into the domestic space through crystal. The home becomes a place of constant change and surprises.”
“It has been 10 years since the beginning of our relationship with Swarovski, and those 10 years have proven Swarovski’s commitment to and support of the design world,” shares Rodman Primack, executive director of Design Miami. “The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award aims to highlight diverse and technologically vanguard approaches to design through the work of designers that are not yet household names. This year’s laureates speak to the breadth of the field, with explorations into sound design, glasswork and the act of storytelling through design. We are very excited to experience the results of Swarovski’s commissions, and look forward to seeing how this award will impact their individual practices and their trajectory.”
Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski executive board, says, “It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with Design Miami. The 2016 edition of the Designers of the Future Award adds to this ongoing design conversation for a second consecutive year. It is exciting to see a strong new selection of emerging talent from around the globe exploring their visions of future living to create beautiful and thought-provoking new works using crystal.”
After visiting Swarovski's headquarters in Austria, design duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika shared, “It was so exciting to visit Wattens, and we loved seeing how the crystal was made. It’s a sort of a form of alchemy, the way Swarovski creates this really beautiful substance from natural materials, yet using these high-tech processes. It’s a mystical, magical place, and it has left us feeling really inspired for this project. We love to dive into new mediums, and crystal is a whole new challenge.”