London Design Festival 2016
Swarovski and Fredrikson Stallard Showcase Glaciarium Collections
Inspired by the raw power of crystal, designers Fredrikson Stallard have collaborated with Swarovski to produce a chandelier range along with a series of crystal chandelier components. The event will also see the first UK presentation of Fredrikson Stallard’s celebrated range of centerpieces, bowls and candlesticks, developed for Atelier Swarovski Home and previewed in Milan earlier this year.
Fredrikson Stallard have worked with Swarovski for almost ten years and the Glaciarium collections are inspired by their extensive experiences watching Swarovski’s complex crystal production techniques and the mysterious appearance and behavior of the material in its raw state.
Glaciarium emphatically celebrates the nature of the material while the pieces demonstrate that Swarovski’s blend of heritage and technical innovation contains a potential for design that chimes perfectly with contemporary sensibilities. These influences have been explored in a specially commissioned essay by Glenn Adamson, former Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City.
Glaciarium crystal components were developed specifically for the interior lighting industry and will be available for artists to buy and use in their creations. This is the first time Swarovski has collaborated with an external design studio to create crystal chandelier components.
Fredrikson Stallard also show the capabilities of the Glaciarium components with four Glaciarium chandelier designs: Avalon, Helios, Superline and Voltaire.
The final part of the presentation, the Glaciarium collection for Atelier Swarovski Home is a series of vases, bowls and candle-holders inspired by the form of raw crystal. Each piece is cast in crystal and then subtle faceting is applied, combining precision cutting with the material’s natural structures.
Atelier Swarovski Home, which launched earlier this year, follows the success of the Atelier Swarovski jewelry and accessories line and marks a significant development for the crystal business, signaling its continued evolution as a lifestyle brand. Working with a select group of designers, the home décor product line translates the forward-thinking design DNA and technical expertise of the crystal brand into a collection of covetable table top objects and home accessories.
Fredrikson Stallard commented: "There’s always a balance in our work between the sense of something that’s been made and something that’s been found and that is what we refer to as effortlessness. One thing about effortlessness, it is incredibly difficult to do, to create an object that you have very strictly controlled but has the sense that ‘of course that’s what it should be’. By combining the language of more natural surfaces with the precision cut facets in Glaciarium we’ve achieved that.”
Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2012 to honor the philanthropic spirit of founder Daniel Swarovski. Its mission is to support creativity and culture, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources. www.swarovskigroup.com
Swarovski has been the premium brand for the finest crystal embellishments since 1895. It is recognized for its innovative excellence and its collaborations with top-class designers and brands in the fashion, jewelry, accessories, interior design and lighting industries across the globe. Available in myriad colors, effects, shapes and sizes, crystals from Swarovski offer designers a fabulous palette of inspiration, and are produced according to the innovative, lead-free* Advanced Crystal standard. Born out of a passion for detail and high-precision cutting, these precious ingredients impart refined glamour to everything they embellish. They can be recognized by the ‘Crystals from Swarovski’ seal that additionally also includes a sophisticated tracking system with a unique identification number that enables customers to distinguish products made using genuine Swarovski crystals from counterfeits. A family-owned company for more than 120 years, with values rooted in integrity, respect and excellence, Swarovski is noted as much for its ethics in business as for its contemporary artistry and innovative flair. www.professional.swarovski.com
London Design Festival
19-27 September 2015
33 John Street
Wednesday, September 21 - Press Preview: 17:30 – 19:00, Invitation Only
Wednesday, September 21- Cocktail Launch: 19:00 – 22:00, Invitation Only
Thursday, September 22 - Open Day: 09:00 – 18:00, Open to public