Atelier Swarovski held a strong presence with additional vases, candle holders and table décor from Tord Boontje, as well as architect Andre Kikoski and design icon Barbara Barry.
Product and furniture designer Klemens Schillinger accepted the first Swarovski Award for Excellence in Austrian Design at a gala award ceremony at Palais Coburg. The award includes a €5,000 prize and crystal trophy (shaped as a “V” for Vienna) designed by Atelier Swarovski collaborator Ron Arad.
Schillinger studied at the Royal College of Arts and worked in various London agencies before returning home to Vienna to open his own studio. The minimalist is lauded for his unexpected product solutions, each with a decidedly poetic charm.
Lilli Hollein, Director of Vienna Design Week, describes his aesthetic as, “A clear, reduced language that is packed with humorous comments and intelligent interventions.”