Raffe Burrell pursues a passion for extraordinary design. The London-based designer has over 10 years of professional experience, first honing his skills alongside Paul Cocksedge, Fredrikson Stallard and Eva Menz until opening his own eponymous studio. Both new and old production techniques and materials fascinate Burrell and fuel the creation of his most unique, one-of-a-kind interior projects and installations.
Burrell will respond to the Lighting brief with a chandelier collection inspired by the flowing waterfalls of the Tyrolean mountains. Repetition of structure is crucial in his design where a balance of natural and Art Deco elements in blue crystal elegantly reflect the shapes of cascading water over a rocky range.
Born in Shanghai and raised in the United States, artist Juju Wang combines Western visual culture with traditional Chinese philosophies and techniques. Her installations honor her ancestors’ old practices, making such iconic symbols as gold leaves, traditional stitching, Dai paper and velvet flowers relevant for present day through artistic expression. Wang has partnered with Swarovski before to design an instore installation at the Swarovski Chengdu flagship.
In response to the Architectural Surfaces and Building Materials brief, a new collaboration between Wang and Swarovski’s innovation teams yields kinetic architectural facades. Designed to highlight the importance of water, her dynamic installation uses clean, free flowing energy to mimic sunlight reflections on water.
STUDIO KLARENBEEK AND DROS
Design Academy Eindhoven alumni Maartje Dros and Eric Klarenbeek form Netherland-based Studio Klarenbeek and Dros. The design duo aims to challenge our perception of space by connecting history, crafts and new technologies to archetypical objects.
The designers will take on the Home Décor brief, presenting a series of 3D-printed crystal objects inspired by the reduction of Arctic icecaps. Together with Swarovski, Studio Klarenbeek and Dros will test the capabilities of 3D printed crystal by using colored crystal for the first time, allowing unprecedented freedom of design differentiation and customization. The distinctive blue-hued faceting will emulate the icy Arctic waters in an impactful statement on global warming and our world’s precious ecology.
Established in 2006, the Designers of the Future Award moves beyond pure product and furniture design to acknowledge technologically and conceptually progressive pieces that work across multiple disciplines, championing long-term collaborations with designers at an early stage of their career.