For generations, the tradition of commissioning design has been a driving force for creative excellence, technical innovation and the realisation of non-commercially led ideas. Be it a medieval court, an Italian Renaissance family or a contemporary business, the motivations behind the patron/artisan relationship are sometimes constant but also influenced by the cultural conditions of their time. What questions should be asked to analyse and understand the impact and purpose of commissioning today?
Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic will ask Nadja Swarovski and three of the designers featured in Digital Crystal: Swarovski about their experience and understanding of this exhibition of commissioned works. Confirmed speakers include: Nadja Swarovski, Suzanne Trocme, Maarten Baas, Paul Cocksedge and Hilda Helstrom.