Study of Sunlight Video by rAndom International for Swarovski, image courtesy of David Levene.

Hardcoded Memory by Troika for Swarovski, image courtesy of David Levene.

Fifteen Design Installations Experimenting with Swarovski Crystals

Blur by Philippe Malouin for Swarovski, image courtesy of David Levene.

Holo Center Table by Marcus Tremonto for Swarovski, image courtesy of David Levene.

Osmosis Interactive Arena by Arik Levy for Swarovski, image courtesy of David Levene.

The Monument by Hilda Helstrom for Swarovski, images courtesy of David Levene.

The Shaping Grows by Semiconductor for Swarovski, images courtesy of David Levene.

 

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Digital Crystal:
Swarovski at the Design Museum

September 5, 2012-January 13, 2013

For ten years Swarovski’s design and architecture collaborations have been a coveted opportunity for the world’s leading designers to experiment, develop and share their most radical ideas.

A new exhibition at the Design Museum challenges some of the most exciting talent in contemporary design to explore, in the medium of crystal, the future of memory in the fast developing digital age.

Among the 15 designers who have produced new or especially updated installations for the exhibition are Ron Arad, Maarten Baas, rAndom International, Yves Béhar, Troika and Fredrikson Stallard.

The public is invited to share memories and be a part of the exhibition by tweeting or texting Ron Arad’s installation, Lolita, from anywhere in the world — sending messages that travel around the crystal using complex LED technology.

Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum says: "With the demise of the analogue era our relationship and connection with personal memory, photographs, diaries, letters, time and ephemera is changing." He continues: "Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum" questions our relationship with the changing world. It seems all too easy to lose connection with the tangible and the real, as we move ever faster through a digital age where memory and the personal possessions we once held so highly are now online, or gone in an instant."

The exhibition debates the changing nature of our relationship with objects over time. In addition to specially commissioned pieces by a new generation of designers, Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum will also feature a select number of updated works from the Swarovski archives.

Nadja Swarovski comments: ‘It is an honour that the Design Museum has chosen to collaborate with Swarovski on this forward-thinking exhibition. To work with such creative minds and to see how they have responded to the brief is fascinating and offers new insights into our changing relationship with memory and technology. Swarovski’s passionate commitment to cutting-edge contemporary design and innovation is driven by our work with these visionaries who push the boundaries of how crystal can be used as a creative ingredient.’

Digital Crystal Swarovski at the Design Museum (Nadja Swarovski and Deyan Sudjic), image courtesy of David Levene.

Pandora by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovski, images courtesy of David Levene.

 

Unfamiliar Mass by Hye-Yeon Park for Swarovski, images courtesy of David Levene.

 

Wrapping Crystal by Anton Alvarez for Swarovski, image coutesy of David Levene.