Atelier Swarovski Home sparkles with 9 collaborating designers for their first collection

Updated on June 29 2016

With Swarovski’s launch of a new luxury home accessories line titled “Atelier Swarovski Home,” the brand, known more for its crystal prowess enters the homeware market with a dazzling (pardon the pun) debut. Featuring a series of centrepieces and home accessories created in collaboration with nine different designers, the collection includes everything from candle holders to aesthetically intricate vases.

Using new technologies developed by experts unique to the brand such as crystal printing, a permanent form of laser-jet printing and the revolutionary Wave Cut technique — this new collection serves as a vivid reminder of the countless possibilities which crystal can be used for.

For this first collection, coming to Singapore later this year, Swarovski has roped in a number of well-known designers to unleash their imagination with crystal. Here we highlight each designer and take a closer look at their inspiration.

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Aldo Bakker – Crystal Vase

Favouring aesthetics over functionality, Netherlands-born Aldo Bakker was originally a silversmith before shifting into furniture and product design.

For his first collaboration with Swarovski, he has created a modular crystal and marble vase in three sizes. Bakker was fascinated by light when he designed the piece, toying with different elements and bringing them together for a spectacular play on light. Made up of four different parts (a base which acts as a shallow water pool, and three interconnecting sides), the abstract design ingeniously combines art with functionality.


Daniel Libeskind – Architecture & the City

Polish-born American architect Daniel Libeskind founded his eponymous studio in 1989 and rose to prominence thanks to his poignant design for the Jewish Museum in Berlin. His designs are often informed by music, philosophy and literature, and he often speaks on topics such as art and architecture.

A championship-sized chess set, these pieces are inspired by some of Libeskind’s iconic buildings. Using materials like concrete and marble, as well as Swarovski crystals and silver, the highlight of the chess set are the two kings — symbolising the Freedom Tower (also known as One World Trade Center) in New York.


Zaha Hadid – Crista

The late Zaha Hadid was known as one of the most influential thinkers of her generation. Her past collaborations with Swarovski, ranges from spiral light installations to the jewellery collection “Glace.” Each was evidence of her enthusiasm for unique architectural works.

Her centrepiece display, titled “Crista”, is made of metal and crystal and serves as the starting point for an investigation into the process of crystallisation as it occurs in nature. Notable for using Swarovski’s new Wave Cut technology, this gold and crystal display piece is truly a stunning statement


Fredrikson Stallard – Glaciarium

A team of two, Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard became partners in 1995 and are recognised as leading exponents of avant-garde designs. They have previously collaborated with Swarovski on the vast sculpture “Prologue,” to the most recent “Armory” jewellery collection.

Inspired by the form of raw crystal, the duo’s collaborative collection consists of a series of centrepieces ranging from candle-holders to vases and bowls. Every individual piece is cast in crystal, followed by a faceting application to certain sections, resulting in pieces that resemble natural glaciers.


Kim Thomé – Plinth & Donuts

A graduate from the Royal College of Art, Norwegian-borned Kim Thomé runs his own studio in East London. Mixing graphic elements and optical play into his work to create a balance between installation and object, Thomé’s first collaboration with Swarovski in 2015 was an 18 metre-high sculpture “Zotem” at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

A series of candle holders, the Plinth (which we feel resembles a palm tree) features a heavy stainless steel base that varies in height, attached to a crystal halo that sits right above it. The Donut is made up of crystals with different colours, all bonded together with UV glue to create a radiant collection of pieces.


Ron Arad – Alphabet & Numbers

London-based Ron Arad is an industrial designer, architect and artist whose work has ranged from bottle design to museum creations. He was also a leading figure in Swarovski’s Crystal Palace initiative.

Standing either 22cm or 13.5cm tall, his crystal digits and letters display pieces are precisely cut from a crystal mass. The fonts for these unique pieces are brand new, specially designed by Arad for this project. These characters are not only aesthetically pleasing as home displays, but can also function as bookends due to their squarish shapes.


Raw Edges – Printed

Born in Tel Aviv, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, studied at the Royal College of Art in London under Ron Arad. They started their studio, Raw Edges, in London in 2007, injecting accents of playfulness and humour into their furniture, products and installations. The team has been commissioned by the likes of Cappellini, Established & Sons and Stella McCartney to name a few.

Showcasing a new laser-jet crystal printing technique from Swarovski, Raw Edges created a series of centrepieces featuring prints layered in each crystal in order to produce colourful patterns that appears to be distorted and augmented due to the crystal faceting. When placed together, the crystal pieces showcase even more patterns within.


Tomás Alonso – Prism

Another alumni of the Royal College of Art, Spain’s Tomás Alonso won the Swarovski Designer of the Future Award in 2015. With a design studio in East London since 2007, this cosmopolitan craft designer creates pieces that are elegant, linear and poetic.

His collection of display pieces, trays, as well as bowls, are constructed from crystal and marble prisms that are bonded together with Swarovski’s UV adhesives and topped with colour coatings. The angular cuts of these objects produce magnificent optical illusions when moved in the light.


Tord Boontje – Lux Orbit

Tord Boontje, a Dutch designer who set up his studio in London in 1996, has worked on products that include lighting, textiles, ceramics and furniture. Collaborating with Swarovski since 2002, his works are often inspired by nature (an example would be the luminescent cherry branch “Blossom”). Fluid forms are one of his signature elements.

Made up of glass, Corian and crystals, Boontje’s collection of objects are for home entertainment purposes. From functional products like wine coolers and nut bowls to quirky items like lanterns and a caviar set, this series has crystals scattered all over the polished surfaces to create a sci-fi and bedazzled effect.