‘C’ is ablaze and surrounded by hundreds of mini rainbows and magical reflections. Tempting as it may be, I am not referring to self – I am in fact looking at a stunning play of light on the letter ‘c’ made entirely in Swarovski crystal as part of the debut collection of Atelier Swarovski Home. And its not just this particular numbers & alphabet series, the entire room is filled with razzle-dazzle as every piece from this large and extensive collection sparkles under the spotlight.
In an ingenious move to take their luxury home collection to a whole new level, Atelier Swarovski collaborated with nine luminaries of design & architectural world, each of whom used their own vision & unique styles to create magnificent & lustrous collectibles, as if they were creating a collection of jewels for our living spaces.
What appeals to me most is a remarkable combination of the old and the new, both in terms of technology as well textures throughout each designer’s work in this collection. Crystal, as we know, is one of the oldest and purest material known to man and designers were made available state-of-the-art technologies to mould, cut, shape and paint crystal, as well as combine it with other materials (both old and new) such as resin, marble, metals, corian, concrete. The result is an unprecedented and luminous collection of objet d’art – from vases to lanterns, chessboard to book-ends.
While every object is magical and lust-worthy and you can see them here, my favourite picks from this debut collection are….
Daniel Libeskind’s ‘Architecture & The City’
American architect Daniel Libeskind’s is best known for his angled, articulate and tectonic buildings. A true citizen of the world, Libeskind has moved between countries 18 times and has created several iconic buildings around the world including Jewish Museum in Berlin.
For ‘Architecture and The City’ Libeskind’s designed a championship-size chess set as an ode to the cityscapes of Milan and New York. The board shows the maps of Milan and New York (two cities in which he lives and works) and the chess pieces are a miniature version of Libeskind’s most iconic buildings. The set uses materials from construction world–concrete and marble, as well as artisan craft–silver and Swarovski crystal. The two kings are representations of the Freedom Tower in New York City
Ron Arad’s ‘Alphabet & Numbers’
Professor Emeritus of the Royal College of Art, Ron Arad is one of Britain’s best known designers and is known for his constant experimentation with materials and radical re-conception of the form & structure of furniture.
He designed a new font especially for his ‘Alphabet and Numbers’ series for this collection which in-turn is crafted entirely from carving surfaces from whole Swarovski crystal creating a dazzling, flawless diamond-like effect. Number 0-9 and the 26 letters of the alphabet are open to individual design inspirations : an initial or lucky number, a favourite bookend of a succession for crystal poetry.
Height : 5.9” / Price : Approx. 999 USD / Number 8 available in November 16 and the rest of the collection to reach stores in 2017
Zaha Hadid’s ‘Crista’
A career forged with vision and unmatched talent, The Late Zaha Hadid had her own architectural language, a signature and world of fluid & organic shapes.
Using Swarovski’s new (and revolutionary) Wave cut technology, Zaha Hadid created an imposing and spectacular centrepiece rendered in Swarovski crystal and combined with cast metal. Just looking at it is a reminder of her architectural skill and prowess.
The collection (or at least large parts of it) is expected to hit stores world-wide in November and I just can’t wait to bring ‘C’ home (but of course!)
Here’s to magical reflections and crystal thinking, to love, life and all things spinning…