At an event during the prestigious Milan Design Week, Design Miami and Swarovski announced the winners of the Swarovski 2015 Designers of the Future award: Tomás Alonso and Studio Swine, both based in London, and Elaine Yan Ling Ng from Hong Kong. New works by the winners, commissioned by Swarovski, will debut at the 10th Anniversary edition of Design Miami / Basel June 16-21, 2015.
The coveted award offers a new generation of talent the opportunity to develop projects on a large scale and to explore resources that are often unattainable for emerging practices. Supported by Swarovski, the designers are given free rein to explore imaginative new design solutions. The resulting works will be unveiled to an influential audience of collectors, curators, critics, gallerists and journalists at Design Miami/ Basel 2015.
Now, it’s time to meet the winners of 2015 Designers of the Future Award.
Tomás Alonso is a cosmopolitan craft designer born in Spain. He is influenced by the pioneers of the Modern Movement, from Weimar to Milan. He eventually moved to London to study for an MA at the Royal College of Art after an entire decade of research and professional practice in the USA, Australia and Italy. His exposure to international design practices merged into a clear and pragmatic vision which has produced elegant, linear and poetic objects. Have a look at some of the work of the 2015 Designer of the Future winner:
Elaine Yan Ling Ng, founder of THE FABRICK LAB, brings together textiles, electronics, biomimicry, interiors and installations. Elaine is a British-Chinese materialologist and a graduate of Central Saint Martins in London where she earned her MA Design in Textile Futures with distinction. She is a TED fellow and is globally recognized, having worked with international design companies such as Nissan Design Europe and Nokia Design Beijing. Her work has been exhibited at V&A and Science Museum in London; Textiel Museum, Tilburg; Harbour Front Centre in Toronto; Espace EDF Art Foundation in Paris and Wuhao, Beijing, and Moleskine global galleries. Her art and design research has been featured in publications that include Wired UK, Elle Decoration China, Surface Asia, AD Italia, AD China, and Core 77 and many more.Have a look at some of the work of the 2015 Designer of the Future winner:
Studio Swine (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) is an Anglo-Japanese design studio, which examines the role of design in the modern day, the power of the vernacular and the future of resources in luxury design. Co-founded by architect Azusa Murakami and artist Alexander Groves, the practice centers on the notion of research-led design that is the product of a region, its culture and resources. Operating across a wide range of disciplines, Studio Swine has worked with various clients such as Veuve Clicquot, Microsoft, Heineken and those who seek imaginative and visionary ways of developing their brand messages, whether through product, interiors or unique commissions. Studio Swine joined London Connoisseur, brokers in luxury artisanship, in 2014. Have a look at some of the work of the 2015 Designer of the Future winner:
The Swarovski 2015 Designers of the Future commissions will be exhibited alongside Design Miami’s gallery program for the duration of the fair, which runs June 16–21 in Hall 1 Sud, Messeplatz, Basel, Switzerland.