Visitors to the “Swarovski Palazzo” on the Corso Venezia immersed themselves in all things crystalline over the weekend of April 17–22, enjoying an exclusive preview of how we will soon be adorning our spaces, both public and private. This was a custom-built conservatory that transformed the secret courtyard of Milan’s neo-classical Palazzo Serbelloni with the very latest light-filled artistry from Atelier Swarovski and Swarovski Crystal Palace lighting.
There, among the pioneering luminaries experimenting with ways to make our lives brighter, was Marjan van Aubel, who unveiled her minimalist Cyanometer pieces that use White Opal crystals to scatter light like the sky. The self-styled “inventor and solar designer” applies her revolutionary ideas on sustainability and intelligent design with the aim of “bringing the sky into the home.” You’ll be hearing a lot more about this award-winning young talent in the future. Looking earthwards, meanwhile, legendary lighting designer Tord Boontje displayed his new collection, Luminous Reflections. These exquisite chandeliers catch and refract lustrous beams within rippled surfaces and crystal prisms for a softer, subtler effect—like the sunlight dancing on water.
Sparkling beneath the lighting designs were what Atelier Swarovski’s Creative Director Nadja Swarovski calls “jewels for the home”—scented candles, trays and jewelry boxes alongside desktop accessories, vases and candleholders. The focus of the Atelier Swarovski interior décor line is on craftsmanship and innovation—the kind of quality that bestows future-classic status. Other crystallized homeware came in the form of individual collections by some of the design world’s top names: the Japanese studio, Nendo; Milan-based architect Patricia Urquiola; well-known fashion designers Peter Pilotto; and British architectural designer John Pawson.
To complete the authentic crystal maison experience, visitors could refresh themselves with traditional Viennese pastries at the pop-up Daniel’s Café, before doing a little retail therapy in the Atelier Swarovski jewelry and home décor shop. Seriously, there are few better ways to revive the spirits…