Bright future ahead for human-centred design presented at Design Miami/Basel

BASEL – Who knew that Swarovski and St-W could be on such a similar wavelength when it comes to spotting forward-thinking creative talent? Swarovski's tradition for innovation brought three award recipients – Anjali Srinivasan, Yuri Suzuki, Studio Brynjar & Veronika – to explore living 'betterment' as the creative process and drive towards innovation for the 11th edition of Design Basel in Switzerland. These same three designers were amongst the selection featured in our inaugural Talents section in , co-curated with Eyes on Talents. 

Left to right: Studio Brynjar & Veronika, Yuri Suzuki and Anjali Srinivasan

For Design Miami/Basel, Anjali Srinivasan's keen interest in glass and digital media delivered the Unda installation. A wavy sculpture covered in glass elements by Srinivasan and Swarovski Touch Crystal, the work incorporates LED technology and is responsive to human touch. Srinivasan comments: 'Crystal is a highly engaging material because it is a solid object that creates visual effects that you cannot touch. I’m looking forward to continuing to explore this crossroads between physical and optical phenomena in my work. I’m also fascinated by the challenge of creating human-centric design, so I’m excited to further explore this relationship between material, data and people.'

Studio Brynjar & Veronika presented the Currents installation that makes startling snippets of magnificence utilizing normal light in discussion with crystal. The duo examines gem characteristics to bring the natural world into the residential area. 'It’s a form of alchemy, the way Swarovski creates this really beautiful substance from natural materials, yet using these high-tech processes,' comment the Berlin-based designers. The duo presents three Swarovski inventions in shadow play: regular blinds in crystal coating, utilized to spread and scatter light across a space; gem tiles that throw fluid reflections on surfaces; and 'magic sticks' of coloured projections. 

The sound craftsman Yuri Suzuki presented Sharevari, as if answering Anjali Srinivasan's questionable remark in her (p. 63) interview: 'If the object could speak, what would it say?' Suzuki’s installation resembles a 'crystalophone' comprised of 16 metal structures-cum-crystals, that extend 95–250 mm in breadth and tone from C1 up to D3. The moment metal sledges hit the crystals, vibrations lead harmonies by means of sensor systems.

Photos Mark Cocksedge

Read more about Talents – and these award-winning designers – in . The Talents section is a to highlight the world’s most innovative designers and exploring what motivates and inspires them to go beyond the present.


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