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Sustainable neckpiece created from wood shavings and repurposed Swarovski crystals

Swarovski Conscious Design Hub

Design as a driving force for sustainable development

The Swarovski Conscious Design Hub is the product of the brand's inaugural Conscious Design programme delivered in collaboration with Jewellery, Textiles and Materials programme at Central Saint Martins. It is intended to be a lasting, free resource for designers from across a range of disciplines and to champion the transformational power of education and collaboration.

Documenting the creative outcomes of the partnership, the Hub serves as an online platform which offers insight into sustainable design through case studies, lectures and other online resources.

Find out more about Swarovski and Central Saint Martins' longstanding partnership on our partnership webpage.

What is conscious design?

Conscious design means adopting principles of circularity and reappraising waste as a resource. It means inspiring future generations of talented craftspeople and business leaders to transform those principles into practice.

Swarovski works with established and emerging designers and design schools to catalyse change. Through their upcycled cyrstals programme the company gives a new life to unused, unsold, imperfect, lightly used and/or retired (out of programme) crystals by donating them for use in other projects. Over six million crystals have been donated by the company since the inception of its Upcycling Programme in 2015. Swarovski's unrivalled network of high-profile collaborators across fashion, jewellery, architecture and design gives them the influence to put sustainability at the heart of the creative process. You can discover more about the company's approaches to conscious design in Swarovski's Sustainability Reports.

For many years Swarovski has donated upcycled crystals to Central Saint Martins for use in student projects to support the next generation of designers in engaging in sustainable practice. Having previously partnered with BA Jewellery, in 2019 Swarovski extended its partnership to include the entire Jewellery, Textiles and Materials Programme at Central Saint Martins.

The conscious design toolkit

Find out more about conscious design and how you can use it.

Zoe Chutong Huang

BA Jewellery student Chutong discusses her project with artist and poet Wilson Oryema

Katie-May Boyd

MA Material Futures graduate Katie-May Boyd discusses her 'Foreign Garbage' project

Wilson Oryema

Artist and poet Wilson Oryema explains the importance of conscious design

Zoë Daley

BA Textiles student Zoë tells us about her project and approach to conscious design

Yasmin Everley

BA Jewellery student Yasmin talks about her project and approaches to conscious design

Conscious design panel discussion

Panel discussion with artist and poet Wilson Oryema, mining activist Dr Greg Valerio, Global VP for Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility at Swarovski Dax Lovegrove and MA Material Futures graduate Katie-May Boyd

Image from Swarovski's Water School
Image: swarovskiwaterschool.com

Swarovski Water School

Discover the way Swarovski supports the provision of clean water and water education to schools

Colourless Swarovski crystal presenting as blue through light refraction
Photo: Bruce Basudde

Conscious design approaches

Discover how other students approached their work through conscious design

Further resources

Reading materials

Lectures

A series of lectures were delivered to our students by key academics and designers - you can view these below:

  • Caitlin Hinshelwood, Joint Course Leader BA Textile Design
  • Giles Last, Course Leader BA Jewellery Design
  • Kieren Jones, Course Leader, MA Material Futures
  • Katie-May Boyd (MA Material Futures graduate, Central Saint Martins)
  • Panel Discussion
    Dax Lovegrove (Global Vice President Corporate Sustainability & Social Responsibility, Swarovski)
    Wilson Oryema (artist and poet)
    Dr Greg Vallerio MBE (agrarian, artisan and mining activist)
    Katie-May Boyd (MA Material Futures graduate)

Using conscious design

Find out how our students used conscious design in their projects

Print from Sissell Gustavsen's Precious Fish project
Precious Fish, Sissel Gustavsen (BA Textiles) Photo: Sissel Gustavsen

Precious Fish

BA Textiles: Print winner Sissel Gustavsen - textile prints inspired by declining marine life populations

Image of the Solar Forge from the back
Solar Forge, Sean Ross (MA Material Futures) Photo: Bruce Basudde

Solar Forge

MA Material Futures winner, Sean T. Ross - harnessing the power of the sun through crystals

Imogen Burch's rings
Creating Clarity, Imogen Burch (BA Jewellery) Photo: Mael Henaff

Creating Clarity

BA Jewellery winner, Imogen Burch - engraved crystals to be kept for a lifetime

Close up image of Millicent Sanders' Construction Rebellion knit
Construction Rebellion, Millicent Sanders (BA Textiles) Photo: Millicent Sanders

Construction Rebellion

BA Textiles: Knit winner, Millicent Sanders - weaving high visibility jackets into eye-catching fabrics

Close up of a sample of Hannah Frances Livesey's work
This Little Light of Mine, Hannah Livesey (BA Textiles) Photo: Hannah Livesey

This Little Light of Mine

BA Textiles: Weave winner, Hannah Livesey - naturally-dyed fabrics that enhance the natural beauty of light

Close up image of one of Ferenc Zepko's textile samples
Future Brown, Ferenc Zepko (BA Textiles) Photo: Ferenc Zepko

Future Brown

BA Textiles: Knit runner up, Ferenc Zepko - democratising luxury for slow fashion

Close up of one of Keiu Vu's textile samples
You Are Not Alone, Kieu Vu (BA Textiles) Photo: Bruce Basudde

You Are Not Alone

BA Textiles: Weave runner up, Kieu Vu - fabrics that let cancer sufferers know they are not alone

A close up of Riina Oun's pizoelectricity-powered pavement
Piezoelectric Pavement, Riina Jun (MA Material Futures) Photo: Bruce Basudde

Pizoelectric Pavement

MA Material Futures runner up, Rina Oun - light-up paving slabs powered by footsteps

Tablewear created by Christy Shum inspired by Chinese and Western food culture
A bag design created by Christy Shum for her Cultural Cuisines project (BA Textiles) Photo: Christy Shum

Cultural Cuisines

BA Textiles: Print runner up, Christy Shum - reusable bags that reflect the importance of food in cultural heritage

A model wearing Kirsten Schultze's Evergreen necklace
Evergreen, Kirsten Schultze (BA Jewellery). Photo: Elina Nasimova

Evergreen

BA Jewellery runner up - Kirsten Schultze - a necklace inspired by the enduring nature of the evergreen tree

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