To honour its 15 years of collaboration with Dutch designer Tord Boontje, Swarovski launches the enchanting chandelier collection Luminous Reflections.

Evening sparkle. Luminous Bough is a reinterpretation of the classic chandelier, designed like a mobile of delicate twigs and leaves, allowing the brilliance of the new crystal component Arc to be exceptionally expressed

The shape of water: Swarovski | News

Evening sparkle. Luminous Bough is a reinterpretation of the classic chandelier, designed like a mobile of delicate twigs and leaves, allowing the brilliance of the new crystal component Arc to be exceptionally expressed

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Soft light tentatively penetrating the morning mist, reflected sunlight dancing on the surface of a lake, a stream rippling over smooth pebbles... With these images in mind, the Dutch designer Tord Boontje went to work reinterpreting the classic crystal chandelier. The occasion was the 15th anniversary of his successful collaboration with Swarovski, which reached a new pinnacle with this project – in crystals that seem to suspend the movement of water drops in time. “For the first time, I had the opportunity to change the form of the crystals,” Boontje says of the project. “I was aiming for a soft light, as in a foggy, snow-covered landscape. In contrast to traditional, sparkling crystal chandeliers, I imagined reflections dancing on water.”

Crowning moments. Lustrous Aura is inspired by a headdress Mata Hari wore during a stage play. The 1.60 metre tall, curved luminaire radiates incomparable glamour and can be made to measure

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Crowning moments. Lustrous Aura is inspired by a headdress Mata Hari wore during a stage play. The 1.60 metre tall, curved luminaire radiates incomparable glamour and can be made to measure

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Dream and reality

Tord Boontje’s work with Swarovski dates back to 2002. For Swarovski Crystal Palace, the London-based designer previously created Blossom, among other pieces, a chandelier formed out of sinuous, crystal-studded branches in which Boontje employed his characteristic floral design language with the greatest precision. The current project is a three-part series titled Luminous Reflections – a powerful, vibrant ensemble that revolutionises the world of lighting. “The starting point for Luminous Reflections was the need to create a home for naturalness and calm,” he says. “Swarovski crystal is a very pure material, and I began to think about the interplay of light and water as a reference point for what I was seeking.”

Each piece is conceived to facilitate the natural flow of light. This is achieved in particular through precisely positioned waves and edges that gather and reflect the light so as to create the illusion of light on water. The Luminous Reflections collection for Swarovski Crystal Palace comprises the three models Luminous Bough, Lustrous Aura and Radiant Light. All three designs offer a fascinating vision created by the design aesthetic and the natural reaction of the light when it strikes the crystal.

Floating pleasure. The gentle movement of Luminous Bough is an indispensable design component, "which gives the interplay between crystals and light something aesthetic and natural", says designer Tord Boontje

The shape of water: Swarovski | News

Floating pleasure. The gentle movement of Luminous Bough is an indispensable design component, "which gives the interplay between crystals and light something aesthetic and natural", says designer Tord Boontje

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Jewels of light

The crystal components used for the Luminous Reflections collection are practically tailor-made. Boontje collaborated with the employees from product development at the company headquarters in Wattens, Tyrol, to create the basic elements, from the smooth to the wavy, into which he poured all the knowledge about crystal and its effects in light that he had acquired in the company’s archive. The elements Arc, Swirl and Circle rang in a new era in lighting, too. Ranging up to twelve centimetres in size, they feature characteristic curves and flowing, unfaceted surfaces. The most impressive piece in the collection is Lustrous Aura, with a diameter of 1.6 metres. Inspired by the headdresses of Mata Hari, the lamp is made up of crystal components worked into a filigree frame of matt gold. In combination with innovative LED lighting, it produces a breathtaking glamour.

Luminous Bough has a very different spatial presence. This new interpretation of the classic chandelier, manufactured in a highly complex process, emits shimmering waves through the room. Like a mobile in the form of matt silver branches with delicate, crystal leaves, the lamp radiates a subtle dramatic quality with its neutral white light.

Attention to detail. Radiant Light is beauty in its purest form. Set in matte silver, the first commercial wall lamp from Swarovski looks like a gemstone, a single crystal without any faceting

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Attention to detail. Radiant Light is beauty in its purest form. Set in matte silver, the first commercial wall lamp from Swarovski looks like a gemstone, a single crystal without any faceting

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The third member of the group, the wall lamp Radiant Light, casts a spell on the viewer through the simplicity of its single unfaceted crystal. It inspires a fascination otherwise reserved for a perfectly set gemstone. All differences notwithstanding, the three models share the idea of flowing light and maximum precision.

Substance and radiance

Launched under the newly positioned brand Swarovski Crystal Palace, the series casts the crystal chandelier theme in a completely new light. “To create a crystal chandelier, one has to understand the interplay of light and crystal,” says Tord Boontje, who despite the technical challenges never lost sight of the playful, dream-like character of his designs. “It can illuminate a room with splendour and create an overwhelming sense of enchantment.” Boontje has certainly attained this goal.

Exceptional workflow. Tord Boontje and Swarovski share a long history. The new Luminous Collection was created to mark the 15th anniversary of their continued collaboration

The shape of water: Swarovski | News

Exceptional workflow. Tord Boontje and Swarovski share a long history. The new Luminous Collection was created to mark the 15th anniversary of their continued collaboration

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