This week, Swarovski opens a new exhibition at the Design Museum in London, dedicated to contemporary design in the material it knows most intimately – crystal. Best known for its precision-cut crystal jewellery, glassware and gemstones, which recently adorned a limited-edition Yves Saint Laurent eye shadow palette, the brand has been collaborating with fashion designers for many years, including Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld and newer faces such as Erdem, Marios Schwab and Giles Deacon.
Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum, open until January 13 2013, features works by designers such as South Korean Hye-Yeon Park, London-based Israeli architect Ron Arad, and Yves Béhar, who has worked with Samsung, Issey Miyake and Prada.
Swarovski not only collaborates with designers to produce works for exhibition; through Atelier Swarovski it collaborates with some of the world’s most talented new and established names in the design and fashion worlds to produce limited-edition collections. This season’s collaborators include costume designer Zaldy, illustrator Konstantin Kakanias and fashion designer Christopher Kane – available from Swarovski London and Selfridges.
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