London Design Festival
Swarovski and Fredrikson Stallard Showcase Glaciarium Collections
Yesterday Swarovski previewed their latest collaboration with Fredrikson Stallard - 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.
And including 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.”
Glaciarium chandeliers and components will be on sale via Swarovski Professional distributors and B2B channels from Autumn 2016. Glaciarium pieces from Atelier Swarovski Home will be available for sale on atelierswarovskihome.com from Autumn 2016 and at Selfridges from November 2016.
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.professswarovski.com
Atelier Swarovski offers cutting edge jewelry, accessories and home décor items which are the ultimate expression of Swarovski crystal. Pushing the boundaries of creativity, it collaborates with the finest talents in the world across fashion, jewelry, architecture and design. Atelier Swarovski presents seasonal jewelry and accessories collaborations twice a year during New York, London and Paris fashion weeks alongside its constantly evolving Core Collection. Atelier Swarovski Home, launched at Milan Design Week in April 2016, consists of functional and decorative objects for the home. Atelier Swarovski was founded by Nadja Swarovski in 2007 as a showcase for creativity, craftsmanship and the art of crystal cutting and crystal innovations. Past collaborators include Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor&Rolf, Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela and Mary Katranzou for jewelry, and Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Ron Arad for home décor. atelierswarovski.com
Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard began working together in 1995 and are recognized today as leading exponents of avant-garde design. Past collaborations with Swarovski include Eden, an immersive space evocative of a fantastical, archaic forest at Kristallwelten in Austria; Prologue, a huge disk of crystals set in a heavy steel structure that, when lit, takes on the appearance of a full moon, brought down to earth; and the Armory and Space Flower jewelry collections for Atelier Swarovski. www.fredriksonstallard.com