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Tord Boontje for Swarovski: A Luminous 15th Anniversary Celebration at London Design Festival 2017

Fifteen years after their first collaboration together, Tord Boontje and Swarovski are to produce Luminous Reflections, the designer’s new chandelier and crystal lighting components range, designed exclusively for Swarovski under the newly revived Swarovski Crystal Palace. An ongoing collaborative project to reimagine the chandelier inspired by the reflection of sunlight on water, Luminous Reflections will be launched at London Design Festival between the 16th and 24th September, 2017.

Luminous Bough in room

The Luminous Reflections range comprises large crystal components with fluid, organic forms. The highly innovative, unfaceted components are the first of their kind to be launched in Swarovski’s 122-year history. A new interpretation of crystal, the rippled surfaces are designed to produce soft and organic light effects. The crystal components were developed specifically for the interior lighting industry and will be available for designers to buy and use in their creations.

Swarovski and Tord Boontje first worked together in 2002 on Blossom for the Salone Del Mobile presentation of Swarovski Crystal Palace. The celebrated chandelier range, originally commissioned by Nadja Swarovski between 2002 and 2012, was designed to reinterpret the rich traditions of the chandelier. Relaunched in 2016, key pieces have been rejuvenated and updated with the latest LED technologies. Other new additions to this range come from Fredrikson Stallard, who presented their Glaciarium collection of crystal lighting components and chandeliers during the London Design Festival in September 2016.

Since then, Boontje, whose work can be found in major museum collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, has been working closely with Swarovski’s product development team in Wattens, Austria, to develop curved crystals with either polished or frosted surfaces and with integrated LED technology. The range includes circular and oval shapes with various twists and curves, giving a variety of choices with which to create chandeliers. Despite the lack of faceted surfaces, the components still shine with brilliance following several additional and very complex production steps. The fluid shapes and organic surfaces open up a world of possibility for designers and interiors in addition to Swarovski’s precision-cut crystals.

SEEN cannot wait until Autumn 2017. We feel sure that Luminous Reflections will be the centrepiece of London Design Festival.

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