A design fair isn’t really a design fair unless Swarovski Crystal Palace stages an appearance with their spectacular chandeliers. And it’s a mark of the growth of the London Design Festival that Swarovski Crystal Palace not only showed five of their celebrated designs at the recently reopened Royal Festival Hall, but they sponsored the entire 2007 event.

We’ve long been fans of Swarovski’s annual collaborations with the great and good of the design world, indeed, a commission by Swarovski Crystal Palace to design a chandelier is proof for any designer that they’ve well and truly arrived on the scene: the list of names reads like a design hall of fame. For London, the company dipped into their back catalogue and pulled out five of our favourites, curated by Phillips de Pury and on show throughout the festival.

The five on display were Mediterraneo by Gaetano Pesce, Pandora by Fredrikson Stallard, Mini Voyage by Yves Behar, Prived Oca by the Campana Brothers and Tulsa 1 and 2 by Michael Anastassiades. Intrigued by the fact that the chandeliers appear in various locations throughout the world with apparently seamless transit, we wanted to go behind the scenes to see how they were unpacked and hung.


Click here to see the task in progress and find out more about each of the chandeliers.