Since 1895, Swarovski has enjoyed rewarding partnerships with design luminaries from a variety of industries: jewelry; fashion accessories and textiles; architecture and interiors; consumer electronics and packaging.
Founded in 1867 as the Austrian Museum of Art and Industry’s School of Applied Arts, it challenges traditional design processes with its groundbreaking creativity. Today, Vienna’s University of Applied Arts is one of Europe’s most esteemed educational facilities for an unusually diverse range of artistic disciplines.
Dedicated to the cultivation and refinement of the Arts, the university fosters creative vision and technical excellence among more than 1,000 international students. One of seven prestigious design institutes worldwide that benefits from Swarovski’s sponsorship, students are provided with access to designated Application Rooms where they learn the art of crystal application using equipment provided by Swarovski. They also compete for the annual Swarovski award, won in 2013 by Stella Achenbach, and presented by Ute Schumacher, Vice President Design Center Headquarters in Wattens, Austria.
Credits: Shoji Fujii for Show Angewandte 13