Swarovski's plans are never short of dazzling and their latest launch, Atelier Swarovski Home – due to be unveiled at Salone del Mobile's Brera district – is not one to disappoint.
Falling under the Atelier Swarovski aegis, an enterprise launched in 2007 to create fashion accessories with international designers like Viktor & Rolf, Jonathan Saunders and Karl Lagerfeld, the Atelier Swarovski Home branch will operate in the same manner: bringing to life design pieces by the world's most respected designers as well as emerging international talents, celebrating the brand's unique crystal artistry.
An all-star cast, including the likes of Daniel Libeskind, Ron Arad, Raw Edges and Tord Boontje, have created a number of unique designs ranging from objets d'art to candlesticks, trays and vases. The late Zaha Hadid designed a piece for the brand too, in her signature sinuous style. 'Crista' is a centrepiece in crystal and metal, taking as its starting point an investigation into the process of crystallisation occurring in nature.
Many of the pieces in the Atelier Swarovski Home collection contrast crystal with other materials. Aldo Bakker, for example, chose to work with a range of Italian marbles in different colours, cut by the same craftsmen who work with crystal in Wattens. Two marble and one crystal 'supports', as the designer calls them, hold a single stem at the centre.
Among the debut collection will be Ron Arad's large, decorative letters, cut from crystal following a new typeface created by the Israeli designer and inspired by the house's crystal figurines; Frederikson Stallard's pure crystal shapes which will combine raw forms with precision cuts in a tabletop collection; Tomás Alonso's UV-coated crystal and marble trays and vases; and a majestic chessboard created by Libeskind.
As with all Swarovski projects, the collaborators were invited to make full use of the technologies developed by the brand’s experts throughout the years, including crystal printing and the revolutionary 'Wave Cut' technique.