The highlights of Design Miami / Basel this year was the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award commissions.
The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award honors a select group of emerging designers who win the opportunity to present newly commissioned works to the influential audience at Design Miami/Basel.
This years winners were Frank Kolkman, Study O Portable and Yosuke Ushigome of Takram. They were unveiled at Design Miami / Basel 2018 and its the fourth year that Swarovski and Design Miami/ Basel have collaborated on this prestigious award, which was established in 2006.
Designers of the Future Annual dinner
Swarovski hosted an intimate dinner with Nadja Swarovski, Richard Leyens Vice President, Craig Robins creator of Design District Miami and the sister fair Design Miami/Basel, Rodman Primack Chief Creative Officer of Design Miami/Basel, artist Daniel Arsham, Virgil Abloh the Art Director of Louis Vuitton Menswear and Ceo of Off-White, Philippe Combres Publisher of L’Officiel St Barth and Jenny Mannerheim Art Director of L’Officiel St Barth and the winners Frank Kolkman, Study O Portable and Yosuke Ushigome of Takram.
About The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award winners
The three young designers were commissioned to create unique new works on the design brief: ‘smart living’, exploiting the scientific and aesthetic properties of crystal. With this design challenge Swarovski and Design Miami/ asked the question if crystal innovations can make the way we live our lives smarter, more interactive, sustainable, immersive and accessible? The designers worked closely with Swarovski’s engineers and master cutters to explore how craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology and visionary design can result in imaginative works that will shape future living.
Our « coup de cœur » for Frank Kolkman and his Dream Machine, An homage to the Beat Generation poets Brion Gysin and William Burrough's, the immersive crystal installation generates light and sound patterns from Swarovski crystals that synchronize with alpha and theta brainwaves to allow individuals to enter a state of deep relaxation or ‘artificial dreaming’.
Frank Kolkman (NL) is an experimental designer whose latest projects include: an out-of-body experience simulator, a Domestic drug screening kit, a DIY Surgical Robot and proposals for a Humane Caviar Extraction Super Yacht & a Synthetic Rhino Horn Growing Device. Trying to combine his curiosity towards the inner workings of things with analytical thinking and intuitive making, Frank aims to challenge our understanding of current and near-future technologies and their sociopolitical implications.
Study O Portable, founded by Bernadette Deddens (NL) and Tetsuo Mukai (JP), is a research based practice that makes objects about the designed environment, and our relationship to the cultural landscape that enables it, with a particular interest in the transitional nature of our ideas towards objects.
Yosuke Ushigome (JP) is currently working at celebrated Japanese design studio Takram’s London office as a creative technologist. His primary interests are centered around emerging technologies. He probes future visions that they promise, reveal the cultural and political mechanisms behind them, and illustrates the insights through making physical and digital prototypes. By doing so, he aims to facilitate in-depth understanding of the implication of emerging technologies, and encourage better-informed decision-making on our future.
For more information, please visit designmiami.com and www.swarovskigroup.com