There was a surprise result at the International Talent Support Swarovski Jewelry Award this year: not just one, but two outstanding winners—testament to the incredible wealth of talent worldwide. Fresh from their success in Trieste, we caught up with Israeli design graduate Lior Shulak and final-year Japanese design student, Noriko Nakazato to find out more about these newcomers’ future-forward approach.
Lior Shulak: I named my collection Signs of Fiction. I’m interested in examining geometries in relation to the human body—I like clean, minimalist lines and create pieces for design-conscious urban women.
Noriko Nakazato: My collection is called Japan as No.1 because my country has a proud history as a world leader in technology. I wanted to tell this story from a fresh, fun point of view, so I chose plasma technology. It’s a cheerful collection that should make people happy.
LS: I agree. Jewelry is our most desired object; its purpose is to give people happy moments and ways to express themselves. I like being the one who makes this magic possible.
NN: Yes! I like to design pieces that have a touch of humor. I hope it gives the wearer as much pleasure as it gives me. I can’t imagine what I’d be doing now if I weren’t designing jewelry.
LS: I love to work with gold, and this was the first time I’d ever used Swarovski crystals, so it was a real challenge. Crystal is at the center of the design, and it was important that I built the concept and composition around it. Thanks to the unique color and shape of the crystals, they added elements of innovation and gave the pieces mystery. I was amazed by the result and found that I enjoyed the process very much.
NN: I see myself launching my own label in a year’s time. Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana and Dries Van Noten inspire me—eventually I’d love to teach fashion design, pass on my passion, and inspire the next generation.
LS: I’d like to develop my newly established label and grow creatively. Five years from now I want to have an international presence.
Lior Shulak and Noriko Nakazato, each of them young, gifted and passionate about design, will share a prize worth €10,000, and both will benefit from a six-month internship at the Swarovski headquarters in Austria. We look forward to seeing them grow.
Photography by Gianmaria Gava for ITS.