Swarovski & Design Miami Basel 2019

Design Miami/ Basel concluded its fourteenth edition last week with forty-five gallery presentations, and collectible furniture and decorative art spanning more than 1,700 years of design history. Some of the finest craftsmanship ever realised was available at the fair, dating from pre-Columbian textiles of 300 AD to debut works developed specifically for exhibition at the fair.

This event is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators, and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, Florida, each December and Basel, Switzerland, each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating collectible design.

Design Miami/ is more than a marketplace for design, it is where the world’s top galleries gather to present museum quality exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting, and objets d’art.

Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programs, creating collaborations with designers, brands and institutions such as Swarovski.

For the fifth consecutive year Swarovski and Design Miami/ unveiled the design installations created by the three winners of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award 2019.

This year’s winners were British lighting installation designer Raffe Burrell, Shanghai-based Juju Wang, and Dutch duo Studio Klarenbeek & Dros. Selected from across the globe for their innovative design approach, the designers responded to specific briefs focusing on three categories, ‘Architectural Surfaces and Building Materials’, ‘Home Décor’ and ‘Lighting’. We particularly loved Raffe’s designs, and his influence behind his pieces.

‘Reflection’ is a collection of lighting pieces inspired by waterfalls in the Tyrolean mountains that surround Swarovski’s historic headquarters in Wattens, Austria. Teaming the natural environment with his love of the Art Deco movement, the traditional chandelier is given a contemporary twist by Raffe with 2,608 blue-hued crystals reflecting the shapes formed as water cascades down the mountains.

 “Knowing that water is so key to Swarovski, I wanted to use the prism crystal to reflect the shapes created by water cascading down a waterfall – whilst keeping the design contemporary and less like a traditional Art Deco piece but still somewhat inspired. Swarovski crystal elevates it to a new level – it wouldn’t be the same without it.”

The Dutch design studio Studio Klarenbeek & Dros, presented ‘Reorient: Artic Collection’, a series of 3D-printed crystal vases, decorative trays and candle holders inspired by the reduction of the Arctic icecap between 1980 and 2018.

‘Sea-cret’, was developed by Shanghai-born installation artist Juju Wang. This installation explores kinetic architectural facades inspired by the importance of water, and how a dynamic patterned design creates calmness and depth in a space.

Surrounded by mirrors to create mesmerising endlessness, Wang uses 830,000 crystals in five bespoke colour ways of Swarovski Crystal Rocks, to recreate the effect of sparkle on the water’s surface.

Offering visitors more than just a visual experience, Wang’s installation also features a bespoke soundtrack and calming scent to slow the pace and create a contemplative atmosphere. The music features the sounds of footsteps on sand, waves crashing on the shore and children playing, captured by the designer when walking along the beach in Greece.

“I am very interested in atmosphere and the tranquility of one space. My installation not only looks like the surface of water, it encourages people to be calm, to take a step back and relax, enjoy the moment and then move on with their lives. I think it’s very important to bring people’s emotions into the artwork.”

Above, Galerie Maria Wettergren

Above a Kristy McKirdy wall installation above a Joseph Dirand Table at the Pierre Marie Giraud stand.

Swarovski images c/o Mark Cocksedge Camron PR

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