If you thought Swarovski was only about jewellery and such a traditional brand that wasn’t able to surprise anymore, you couldn’t be more wrong. They also have launched an incredible luxury home collection with a partnership with several renowned artists and designers. Home Decor Ideas blog will present you this amazing collection and tell you a little bit about the inspiration of the designers.
This imposing centerpiece in crystal and metal was designed by the Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid, who died suddenly on 31 March 2016, making this one of her last commissions. “Taking as its starting point an investigation into the process of crystallization occurring in nature, the design is also notable for its use of Swarovski’s new Wave Cut technology, which launches in 2016,” says a statement from Swarovski. Hadid was the first woman and the first Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004 and she received the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.
“In keeping with that, I thought letters would be nice, and it would get me into designing a sort of font and typeface,” he said. “Once you start getting into it, you start with the A and the A has a curved bit and a straight bit and then you think, ‘Ok let’s do the B now…’ B also has a straight part and a smaller curve and by the time you get to the G you have a set of rules. We sent across very accurate 3D files and the first prototype that came back was pretty much spot on. It was very exciting.”
Raw Edges, founded by Tel Aviv born designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay in 2007, showcased their debut collaboration with Swarovski – using a new laser-jet crystal printing technique developed by the brand. “Layered prints on the interior of the objects produce colourful patterns, distorted and augmented by the crystal faceting,” explained a statement from Swarovski. “When the crystals sit together, the reflections and layering reveal additional patterns of even greater richness.”
This are the objects in Tomás Alonso’s series – constructed from crystal prisms, bonded together using neon-coloured UV adhesives, which flood the crystal with colour from certain angles. Each tray has an inverted prism at its edge creating a functional lip for users to pick the piece up with.
Kim Thomé’s Plinth comprises a heavy stainless steel base in a variety of heights, on which sits a crystal ‘halo’, while his Donut is a palm-sized candle holder made of six crystals bonded together with UV glue. The collection is available in a number of different color effects and finishes.
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