Artist Aldo Bakker began his design career as a silversmith before establishing his own jewelry design studio in 1994. Having gained a strong following and reputation for his award-winning furniture and design products, the Netherlands native now teaches at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, a school from which he once was a student. Currently for sale at Kristallwelten, the designer’s second collection for Atelier Swarovski Home, Crystal Vase, acts as a continuation of his initial range for the brand. Bakker commented, “They are characterized by their ambiguous nature, but the pieces relate to one another by idiom and clearly form a family.”
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Kim Thomé has been running his own studio in east London since 2012. The Norwegian designer’s works gravitate between installation and object, utilizing colorful, graphic elements for a playful touch. Thomé’s debut collection for Atelier Swarovski, Plinth, came from a place of intrigue and exploration, commenting, “To be part of the beginning of something is interesting as a designer because it is the start of a company’s introduction to an industry - people know the Swarovski brand but they haven’t seen what Swarovski can do in the home decor area.”
Atelier Swarovski is the ultimate creative expression of Swarovski crystal: an innovative label combining several design disciplines in a visionary way, introducing consumers to some of the most significant and prestigious designers of this time. Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: "This marks our second year showing Atelier Swarovski Home and, incidentally, the 10th anniversary of Atelier Swarovski Jewelry. The pieces perfectly embody the common goal of Atelier Swarovski: to celebrate the collaborations, creativity and crystal innovation which are at the heart of our brand.”
As for Swarovski’s collaboration with Vienna’s Design Festival – starting from 2018, Swarovski and Vienna Design Week will be presenting the Swarovski Award for Excellence in Austrian Design. Every two years, the award will honor creatives from the fields of product design, architecture, and graphic design who have made a great impact on Austria’s design scene. The Award itself is designed by Ron Arad, another Atelier Swarovski Home Designer and was presented to the public during the Opening night of the Vienna Design Week.