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Sustainable neckpiece created from wood shavings and repurposed Swarovski crystals
Sustainable neckpiece created from wood shavings and repurposed Swarovski crystals
Crystalllised - a necklace created from upcycled Swarovski crystals and wood waste by Roni Levy for the Swarovski Conscious Design project

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.

We are delighted to expand this longstanding partnership with Swarovski and intend to create a public platform of investigation with the aim of holistically discussing and disseminating responsible design approaches.

— Anne Marr Programme Leader Jewellery, Textiles and Materials

Swarovski x Central Saint Martins - Conscious Design

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.

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

  • 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 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

  • 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

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