For this year's Swarovski Designers of the Future awards, designers were challenged to create 3D-printed crystal sculptures that give new life to rejected Swarovski crystals. While the crystals may not have made the cut to be incorporated into jewelry designs, the material was successfully upcycled into inventive new designs, with the three award winners creating vases, solar panels and terrazzo.
For the Printed Crystal series, TAKT Project created ultra-thin, crystal-based candleholders with textures that would be impossible to make without additive manufacturing, even with some of the most tried-and-true techniques for working with crystal. As such, the studio notes: "By printing crystal we can in effect print light, a new way of thinking that will be part of shaping societies in the future."
As part of this project, the award-winning designers will be given the chance to create an installation for the upcoming Design Miami/Basel.