Specializing in solar power technology, London-based Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel works with materials and objects through the looking glass of science and chemistry. A graduate of the Royal College of Art Design Products and the Rietveld Academy Design LAB, Aubel has collaborated with manufacturers, designers, and scientists and has exhibited at the V&A and the Design Museum in London, with permanent collections at MoMA New York and the Vitra Design Museum. Her work is solution-based, conceived through researching scientific precision with sensory responsiveness to produce a series of inventive materials including foam porcelain and solar cells.
Jimenez Lai, founder of BUREAU SPECTACULAR, the architectural affairs firm in Los Angeles bases his designs in storytelling. Developed from character traits, relationships, attitudes and curiosities, the stories are fused into cartoon narratives of theory, taste, and history to eventually evolve into architectural installations. A master list of inspirations from sociology and graphic design to technology and politics propel Lai’s concepts, resulting in extravagant and visionary productions.
Together, Atsushi Honda, Yoshitaka Ito, Satoshi Yoshiizumi, and Takeshi Miyazaki founded Takt Project, the multidisciplinary studio based in Tokyo. Constantly reinventing the wheel, the team have created commodities that allow at-home users to modify retail purchases with 3-D components as well as special objects that alter ordinary acrylic storage boxes with a connecting bracket or lighting unit. Takt Project looks to increase the possibilities of the usual by adding their own creative spin and novel interpretation to current perceptions.
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 the while encouraging the significance of technological and conceptual progression in product and furniture design. Recipients are given the chance to achieve these ambitions by visiting Wattens, Austria, Swarovski’s historic headquarters, to explore and be inspired by the brand’s laboratories, archives, and cultural programs. In discovering Swarovski’s rich heritage, along with gaining access to the scientific and aesthetic properties of its crystals, designers are capable of producing pioneering concepts and distinctive, innovative ideas.