Other collections include Kim Thomé’s stainless-steel candleholders crowned with a crystal disc that produces prismatic effects when it interacts with flickering candlelight; Daniel Libeskind’s ‘Architecture and the City’ chess set that references his most iconic buildings and fuses concrete, aluminum, marble and crystal; and Zaha Hadid’s dramatic, sculptural centerpiece ‘Crista’, which melds faceted crystal and metal and represents the natural process of crystallization.
The range has since been augmented by – among others – Nendo’s ‘Softpond’ ultramarine and emerald green bowls in solid crystal with concentric circles that become more opaque at their center, mimicking how ponds look darker as they get deeper, and John Pawson’s ‘Vessels’ crystal tableware with irregular facets that produce an optically intriguing effect.
As with the Swarovski Crystal Palace project, a growing roster of internationally renowned designers has contributed to Atelier Swarovski Lifestyle to date, among them Patricia Urquiola and Peter Pilotto. And the brand has also expanded its in-house lines designed under the creative direction of Nadja Swarovski, with a similarly strong emphasis on innovation as well as functional pieces including stationary. As Swarovski marks its 125th anniversary, Atelier Swarovski Lifestyle’s cutting-edge designs are in fine shape.