The CFDA Fashion Awards’ Swarovski nominees for emerging talent were recently commissioned to create one-of-a-kind crystallized art objects to be sold at an auction raising funds for Free Arts NYC, which provides arts-based mentoring for underserved youth.
Well, with nominees including the Public School guys, Rosie Assoulin, and the ladies behind Mansur Gavriel, we knew the results would not disappoint, and with the final reveal taking place last night in NYC, we can attest that they didn’t. They were given the broad theme of "disruption," and it's fascinating to see how the different designers chose to portray that. If you're in the market for a funky new art object to spice up your home, the auction will be live here until May 29th at 5pm.
Scroll down to see what objects the hottest up-and-coming designers chose to repurpose with Swarovski crystals, and why!
"As a brand often inspired by the natural world as well as pop, we found it interesting to play with contrast in materials. Here we explored the juxtaposition of large, sharp crystals with soft, natural clay, an expression of disruption in an object."
— Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, designers of Mansur Gavriel
“As a native New Yorker and jewelry designer, I have always drawn inspiration from both the architecture and the industrial materials that construct this metropolis. The cement cinder block represents the root of innovation: the beginning of an idea, the foundation of architectural development. For my Swarovski objet d’art, I wanted to subvert and disrupt this building block by cracking it open, deeming it unusable, only to reveal a geode within. I was really attracted to the idea of this industrial material that is all around us being fractured to reveal its internal ￼beauty. Inside our concrete is crystal. The object is no longer a brick, but a geode, a natural gem opened by the hand of man, but crafted by the earth, reminding us that nature’s magnificence is still ever-present.”
— Eva Zuckerman, designer of Eva Fehren
"In NYC, the city is always under immense construction. What would seem disruptive in other cities has become such a norm here that we only acknowledge this form of disruption as progress. This is a concept that I feel holds huge relevance in my work. Disruption is needed for progression."
— Shayne Oliver, designer of Hood by Air
"We are not quite Luddites, but we wanted to create something that would disrupt the flow of technology in our daily lives. Our object is disruptive in its simplicity. Backgammon is something that pulls you out of technology and is an opportunity for a little more human interaction."
— Samantha, Alex, and Matthew Orley, menswear designers of Orley
“Hearing the word 'disruptive' took us back to our mischievous school days. We joked around a lot and disrupted class for fun. The Ray & Charles Eames school desk chair was designed to be comfortable and had students sitting through long classes in mind. The chair is a collectible and was designed for Herman Miller in the mid '50s. When we bought the piece, the chair was a pale yellow fiberglass with a birchwood tabletop and chrome metal legs. We painted everything white and embellished it with thousands of chalk-white Swarovski crystals to give something from the past a modern, futuristic feel.”
— Ariel and Shimon Ovadia, menswear designers of Ovadia & Sons
“Music plays a big part in our creation. Not only does it break up silence, but it causes necessary disruption, and it inspires us.”
— Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, designers of Public School
“These disruptive texts have dramatically changed the course of history, interrupting previous societal notions in the realms of science, philosophy, art, and the humanities.”
— Rosie Assoulin, womenswear designer
“One of the most pressing issues of our time is renewable energy and the quest for environmental sustainability. Wind turbines have become a literal disruption of the skyline across America and beyond, at once causing controversy among communities and delivering unprecedented energy solutions. These symbols of environmental innovation and disruption have become a catalyst for a debate that is urgent and without immediate resolution.”
— Paul Andrew, shoe designer
“Pointe shoe, or what I feel is a most beautiful object of disruption and innovation. Designed to make ballerinas appear weightless and sylph-like, the pointe shoe creates an air of unreal lightness for a ballerina. Most striking to me, the beauty found in the minimalism of form and color as an object. Pain and deformity, often-inevitable companions to the perfectly pink shoe, the beauty of the shoe can hide a battery of injuries: black nails, purpling flesh, and blisters, all of which are the result of a foot compressed into unforgiving pointe shoes. I have always been swept away by the beauty of a ballerina as she dances en pointe.”
— Ryan Roche, womenswear designer
Which object is your favorite of them all? Sound off in the comments!