Swarovski Designers of the Future 2017 Award Goes to 3D-Printed Crystal Series of Vases & Candleholders

Published by , June 16, 2017 12:01 pm

(Dezeen)  The Swarovski Designers of the Future 2017 awards focused on 3D printing recycling and renewable energy. The entrants have had to work with crystal as a material while demonstrating an “innovative approach to design and pioneering use of new technologies”. This year that has translated to a focus on 3D printing, recycling and renewable energy.
Japanese studio, TAKT Project’s Jimenez Lai and Marjan van Aubel are the recipients of this year’s award. TAKT Project, explored the 3D printing of crystal create a Printed Crystal series of candleholders and vases, which have a delicate, ribbed texture that the studio says is not possible to achieve with traditional techniques like glass moulding, blowing or cutting. The forms are inspired by frost crystals with walls that are just 1.5-millimetre thick. The studio worked with the Tel Aviv-based company Micron3DP, which claims to have been the first to do high-resolution 3D-printed glass (Swarovski crystals are essentially a high-quality lead glass).

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