The fourth consecutive year Swarovski and Design Miami/ announced the three winners of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2018. This year’s winners are Frank Kolkman, an experimental Dutch designer specializing in robotic technologies, Study O Portable, a research based Dutch-Japanese practice, and Yosuke Ushigome of TAKRAM, a creative Japanese technologist specializing in emerging technologies.
The previous winners of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award are: Marjan van Aubel (2017), Jimenez Lai (2017), TAKT Project (2017), Anjali Srinivasan (2016), Yuri Suzuki (2016), Studio Brynjar & Veronika (2016), Tomás Alonso (2015), Studio Swine (2015) and Elaine Ng (2015).
The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award honors a select group of promising young designers and studios who exemplify new directions in design culture. These young creatives work beyond pure product design and represent conceptually or technologically vanguard approaches, often assimilating ideas from multiple disciplines. The objective of the award is to offer these next-generation design talents the opportunity to present newly commissioned work to an influential audience of collectors, dealers, and journalists.
Selected from across the globe for their innovative design approach, this year’s winners will respond to the brief of ‘smart living’, applying pioneering crystal technologies including psycho activation techniques, touch crystal and energy crystal. The winners will create designs that can coalesce into one complete environment, exhibited in a single installation and those commissioned works will be unveiled at Design Miami/ Basel (June 12-17, 2018).