On exhibit throughout the month of May, the projects on display at the Biennale celebrate tactile qualities, conceptual provocations and outstanding craftsmanship. Every two years the exhibition’s participants are selected from new and established talents to compete, providing a communication platform for professional craft makers and designers in Denmark. This year, designers responded to a brief influenced by Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, entitled ‘Liquid Life’. The theme reflects a humanistic approach to contemporary challenges and the modern state of the Western world, where speed, movement and normative states are key characteristics. The resulting 27 projects in the exhibition cover a diverse range of topics from artistic and material studies to politically-fueled statements about current events.
Continually bolstering conscious design, Swarovski supported Vibe Lundemark’s showcase with crystal, providing an innovative 3D effect to the designer’s vibrant and unorthodox garments displayed at the exhibition’s art gallery ‘Museumsbygningen’.
Lundemark’s response ‘Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back’, concentrates on “waste, breaks and mistakes” in a reimagining of classic items such as the jacket, shirt and dress. Produced from silk, cotton and viscose, her designs showcase embroidery and embellishment using sustainable printing techniques with crystal as the protagonist. “I wanted to achieve a new dimension to my designs - where the crystals interact as 3D elements with the more two-dimensional print designs, offering a unique expression to the narrative of the project. It also underlies the playfulness of reality and illusion in the aesthetic,” says Lundemark.
A fusion of luxury materials and quirky, end-of-life plastic parts including whistles and plastic caps directly reflect the project’s theme, acting as symbols of mass production society and offering the pieces a greater aesthetic value due to a high degree of detailing and textile manipulation.
This approach suggests a move from fast-track commercial production and over-consumerism cycles, towards slow fashion with a focus on advanced, well-made design and great quality in luxury products, a statement that resonates with Swarovski’s intrinsic values. Lundemark explains, “It questions when enough is enough. It’s all about finding the right balance for a sustainable future.”
Vibe has been invited to exhibit her Swarovski-embellished pieces at the Three Days of Design in Copenhagen (1-3 July).
As a responsible company, Swarovski strives to inspire and endorse sustainable products, collaborations and collections by championing emerging and established talents with conscious design as their focus.
Many of these talents had the chance to go through one of the ten Swarovski Application Rooms that exist in some of the top design schools internationally, where future design professionals learn to use and love Swarovski’s stunning elements. Through partnerships with the next generation of creatives, Swarovski strives to drive positive change towards a more responsible design and fashion industry.