In response, Dutch experimental designer Frank Kolkman created ‘Dream Machine,’ an immersive crystal experience that encourages a state of deep relaxation (or artificial dreaming) by synchronizing brainwaves with crystal light and sound patterns. The project investigates the interface of crystal with neurobiology, neuropsychology and psycho-activation techniques, with the aim of designing a smart solution to help us cope with the cognitive demands of modern life.
Bernadette Deddens and Tetsuo Mukai are the founders of research-based practice Study O Portable. The design duo looked to Swarovski’s advanced cutting technology to harness the blurring of light and color created by crystals. ‘Slanted Tiles’ presents a series of versatile surfaces based on this effect, which can be made into objects such as screens, a table and lights.
Yosuke Ushigome is a London-based creative technologist for Japanese design studio Takram. His installation, ‘Can Crystals Interface Us to AI?’, explores the future of voice-activated assistants and smart-home devices, using crystal as an alternative interaction between human and machine intelligence. His project plays on the inherent emotional quality of crystals to examine instinctively familiar behaviors between us and technology.
As a design-driven company, Swarovski always has its eye on the future. Established in 2006, the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award seeks to offer the next generation of emerging talent the opportunity to introduce their work to the most formidable collectors, gallerists and international journalists in the industry, all while encouraging the significance of technological and conceptual progression in product and furniture design.