Currently featured in an exclusive sculptural display at The Conran Shop Paris, we take a closer look at Atelier Swarovski's four new collections, created through collaborations with some of the world’s greatest minds: Daniel Libeskind, Aldo Bakker, Studio Brynjar & Veronika and Andre Kikoski.
The creative beating heart of the wider Swarovski brand, Atelier Swarovski is renowned for its equally mysterious and innovative production processes, alongside its forward-thinking approach to crystal forms and how they can enhance our lives.
The History is in the Making
Launched by Nadja Swarovski in 2007, Atelier Swarovski made its acquaintance to the world with debut jewellery collections by Christopher Kane, Rodarte and Hussein Chalayan. In the years since, Atelier Swarovski has collaborated with fashion, design and architecture’s greatest talents, from Dame Zaha Hadid to Karl Lagerfeld, developing and exploring the expressive capabilities of crystal as a creative medium.
In 2016, as a result Atelier Swarovski's success, Nadja Swarovski launched Atelier Swarovski Home with the aim to widen the design house’s horizons into the world of interior objects, redefining home décor in partnership with art and design’s leading practitioners.
Today, each project submitted by a new designer to Atelier Swarovski is considered an opportunity to evolve techniques and innovate new processes to create beautiful crystal objects of surpassing clarity, all the while keeping sustainability as a priority.
Driven by evolution, lying at the heart of Atelier Swarovski is a commitment to ensuring that only sustainable, premium craftsmanship is used to create each magical piece. As a result, the innovative production methods used to create the crystals perfectly match the innovative ideas behind each mesmerising design.
While each piece receives a dedicated team of specialists and researchers to ensure the optimum production techniques are found for each piece, Atelier Swarovski keeps its methods completely secret, with even the designer left in the dark about the unique processes that lie behind their own collections.
“It is amazing to bring to life the creative ideas of today’s top designers." - Nadja Swarovski
Studio Brynjar & Veronika
“We are inspired by the environment we are working in – we try to become one with that place.”
Studio Brynjar & Veronika designed the Currents collection based on an idea that the dispersion of light waves can represent the movements of other invisible currents surrounding us in everyday life, revealing secrets about our environment that aren’t usually visible to us.
A trio of pure-crystal paperweights, Currents consists of three pieces each with their own palette of hues inspired by natural elements, from the Aurora Borealis to volcanoes. Specially coloured to disperse light in a play of prismatic reflections, the paperweights’ sleek forms become beautiful objets for the home that react with their surroundings to form colour and light sculptures.
ARCHITECTURE & THE CITY
Presenting his debut collaboration with Atelier Swarovski, Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind has taken inspiration from his extensive design portfolio to create a breath-taking chess set.
Known for an array of striking designs all over the world, including the Royal Ontario Museum, Berlin’s Jewish Museum, Milan’s Citylife Central Tower and the under-construction World Trade Centre Master Plan, Libeskind has seamlessly incorporated elements from his illustrious career into his design for Atelier Swarovski.
Reminding us that “a crystal is a metaphor for life: you see a superficial surface, but also the depth”, Libeskind has ensured that the chess set conceals much more than it reveals, by including etchings of London and Milan on its base and designing each intricate chess piece to reflect the silhouette of a Studio Libeskind building.
Crafted with utmost detailing, from the crystal-chequered board to the King pieces that represent New York’s Freedom Tower, the captivating and unique Architecture & The City Chess Set embodies both Atelier Swarovski and Libeskind’s endlessly creative and innovative design ethos.
“The beauty of crystal is that it can be both fluid and architectural.”
Made up of vases, pure crystal bottle stops and magnifying paperweights, the Facet collection by Aldo Bakker was born from the designer’s predilection for purity of form and materiality.
The bottle stops specifically are precision-cut from one piece of beautifully clear Swarovski crystal, while the magnifying paperweights demonstrate how sophisticated forms can simultaneously possess playful functions; the vases are made from three interconnecting elements with faceted sides to create beautiful light effects.
Each object from the Facet collection embodies Bakker’s fascination with achieving the perfect balance of function and beauty, combining unmistakable purpose with an ethereal, mysterious material that has the potential to create otherworldly expressions of light and colour.
Manhattan-based Architect Andre Kikoski confesses to being driven by innovation and craftsmanship, making his collaboration with Atelier Swarovski a perfect match.
Launching Lustra with Atelier Swarovski, a collection of textural candleholders and keepsake boxes, Kikoski has maintained an architectural aesthetic and seamlessly blended it with the all-encompassing beauty and clarity of crystal.
He says of the collaboration, “it’s exciting to pursue the sculptural qualities of our architectural work at a different scale”, allowing a window into the design process of his dynamic pieces, which showcase intricate craftsmanship, dimensional textures and multifaceted edges.
The Currents, Facet, Lustra and Architecture & The City collections are now available in-store and online at The Conran Shop. If you find yourself in Paris, don’t miss the opportunity to catch Atelier Swarovski's beautiful display currently showcasing at our Rue du Bac store.