Basel 2019 – Swarovski and Design Miami/ unveil design installations created by the three winners of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2019. The exhibition on show at Design Miami/ Basel tunes with the Aric Chen curated fair exploring the role of design, materials and making in a post-nature future.
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Shanghai born installation artist Juju Wang, Dutch duo Studio Klarenbeek & Dros, and British designer Raffe Burrell responded to specific briefs focusing on three categories, ‘Architectural Surfaces and Building Materials’, ‘Home Décor’ and ‘Lighting’. The designers visited Swarovski’s headquarters in Austria and teamed up with the company’s experts to develop and experiment with their design concepts.
Juju Wang’s Sea-cret installation features 830,000 crystals in five bespoke colourways of Swarovski Crystal Rocks to recreate the effect of sparkle on the water’s surface. The result is a three-dimensional immersive experience breaking the boundaries of a classical flat surface using clean.
“Sea-cret encourages people to be calm, to take a step back and relax, enjoy the moment and then move on with their lives,” comments Juju Wanh. A calming custom soundscape creates a contemplative atmosphere capturing harmony between water and mineral as well the designer’s vivid childhood memories.
Dutch design studio Klarenbeek & Dros’s presents Reorient: Artic Collection, a series of 3D-printed crystal vases, decorative trays and candle holders inspired by the reduction of the Arctic icecap in the past 30 years. The pieces connect together like building blocks to create covetable table-top objects emulating the reflections of the Arctic’s waters.
“3D printing crystal with Swarovski is another example of using materials that are long lasting and of value – we have no waste product and we don’t need large factories.” Explain Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros. “With this project we want to create a conversation piece that enables us to rethink our vision of our environment and the relationship we have with it.”
Raffe Burrell’s Reflection lighting designs were inspired by waterfalls in the Tyrolean mountains surrounding Swarovski’s historic headquarters. “Knowing that water is so key to Swarovski, I uses the prism crystal to reflect the shapes created by water cascading down a waterfall – whilst keeping the design contemporary and less like a traditional Art Deco piece but still somewhat inspired.”
The traditional chandelier is given a contemporary twist with 2,608 blue-hued crystals reflecting the shapes formed as water cascades down the mountains. Concealed lights within the pendant chandelier are integrated into the black powder-coated structure. The wall lights follow a similar design with 110 blue shade crystals, simple yet striking in form and functionality.
All photos by MArk Cocksedge – Courtesy of Swarovski.