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Christmas in July Part 4: Heaven Looks Like Atelier Swarovski

SEEN had the great good fortune to visit Atelier Swarovski recently on a bright and sunny day. There was no better way in which to enjoy the beautiful homewares that were on display. Famed for their innovative use of crystal and glass, this commissioned collection did not disappoint. Alongside pieces by design luminaries Zaha Hadid, Tord Boontje, Ron Arad and Daniel Libeskind, Swarovski has collaborated with many talented designers.


Aldo Bakker’s Facet collection of vases cleverly bisects tall glass prisms, encapsulating a single stem. Available in a range of colours, these pieces were simultaneously delicate yet somehow monolithic. Bakker has also created a series of glass bottle stoppers and a clever paperweight lens that magnifies whatever it rests on.

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Andre Kikoski ‘s range Lustra presented a series of boxes with faceted lids. Elegant and functional, made of robust resin, the boxes are available in bronze, copper or pewter hues with a very natural-looking textured surface. Kikoski also designed a range of asymmetric candleholders, carved from crystal. These were stunning, all the more so with sharply tapered candles that accentuated the holders’ jaggedness.

AS3 Alonso prism

Barbara Barry’s Aura collection cleverly gets maximum use from her yellow and green fluted containers. They can be upended for use as a vase or candleholder. There was something so pleasing about this dual funbction.


Fredrikson Stallard’s Glaciarium collection tricked my eye into thinking I was looking at carved ice, so fluid and organic were the shapes of their vessels and candleticks. The forms were very simple and pure; no two alike.


Kim Thomé’s Plinth combined exquisitely turned metal bases with a coloured, faceted disc on top, making the candleholder at once witty and functional. Available in a variety of colours, the tops never lose sight of their precious aesthetic.


SEEN was very taken by the Currents series of paperweights by Studio Brynjar & Veronika. Made of pure crystal, the weights have the magical quality of kaleidoscopes, encouraging one to handle them and look into their hidden depths.


Tomás Alonso rightly describes his Prism collection as ‘jewellery for the home’. His trays are uplifting to look at and examine. The marble and crystal trays in particular have a monolithic quality. All the pieces add a touch of luxury to any home, irrespective of the style. Just lovely. Items from the collection will be available to purchase in the Autumn.


Atelier Swarovski offers cutting-edge jewelry, accessories and home décor items which are the ultimate expression of Swarovski crystal. Pushing the boundaries of creativity, it collaborates with the finest talents in the world across fashion, jewellery, architecture and design. Atelier Swarovski presents seasonal jewellery and accessories collaborations twice a year during New York, London and Paris fashion weeks alongside its constantly evolving Core Collection.

AS10 FredStall Glaciarium

Atelier Swarovski Home, launched at Milan Design Week in April 2016, consists of functional and decorative objects for the home. Atelier Swarovski was founded by Nadja Swarovski in 2007 as a showcase for creativity, craftsmanship and the art of crystal cutting and crystal innovations. Past collaborators include Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor&Rolf, Christopher Kane, Maison Margiela and Mary Katrantzou for jewelry, and Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Ron Arad for home décor.

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Fever-Tree’s Very Own Gin School 

London has always had an enthusiastic relationship with gin; right from the days when the water was undrinkable, gin has become the city’s tipple of choice. Imagine SEEN’s joy therefore, when we heard that this month, gin and tonic experts, Fever-Tree, is launching its very own Fever-Tree Gin School.

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Bufle: Launch of the Bubble-Waffle

SEEN has heard much of the phenomenon of the Asian Bubble-Waffle and thus was very keen to sample this Hong Kong import for herself. My guest and I found ourselves in a bright, buzzy bar/café with tables and plenty of counters and high stools. It’s in Rupert Street, between Soho and busy Leicester Square.

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Arthur Hooper’s Weekend Brunch

SEEN has been a huge fan of Arthur Hooper’s since their May opening. It’s handily located close to Borough Market (where much of their ingredients are sourced), so it is with great delight that we hear weekend brunches are now on the menu too.

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Adam Prince King’s New Single

SEEN has been enjoying the latest offering from London native and lyrical pop artist Adam Prince King, who has announced the release of his new single ‘Before The Sun Goes Down’. The single is the follow-up to his debut hit ‘Flamingos’, which went viral upon its release in 2016.

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Arclinea and B&B Italia at the London Design Festival 2017

SEEN keenly anticipates this year’s London Design Festival, taking place from 16th – 24th September. Not least because B&B Italia will launch their partnership with Arclinea high-end designer kitchens. The brand will also celebrate the UK debut of its 2017 collections, including the 20th anniversary edition of the iconic Charles seating system; all to be revealed with a new look for its B&B Italia London store on Brompton Road.