Swarovski will be presenting Prologue, a new large-scale installation created by Fredrikson Stallard, at Design Miami/Basel, the global design forum. Prologue is a powerful representation of new beginnings and an abstract symbol of life and rebirth. The monumental circular sculpture, holding over 8,000 golden Swarovski crystal droplets within a patinated steel frame, will be suspended from a beam with luminous rings that mimic the iconography of the sun as it constantly reflects and refracts light.
Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard formed their design partnership in 1995 and have become internationally recognized as leading exponents of British avant-garde design. They are admired for their ability to translate their vision into simple yet emotionally engaging furniture and product designs. Prologue is the latest collaborative work between Swarovski and the designers, and was first shown at Art Basel in Hong Kong in May. It is the second time Fredrikson Stallard have shown a dramatic large-scale installation for Swarovski at Design Miami/ Basel (the Iris Collection was presented in 2011).
Previous collaborations between Fredrikson Stallard and Swarovski include:
• 2007: Pandora – Salone del Mobile, Milan
• 2008: Cavern Collection – Salone del Mobile, Milan
• 2009: Fossil Collection – Cannes Boat Show, France
• 2010: Savoy Grill Chandeliers – London
• 2011: Iris Collection – Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland
• 2013: Atelier Swarovski Autumn/Winter 2013 Jewellery Collection
• 2013: British Film Awards – BIFA trophy designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski
Swarovski’s past collaborations with the likes of Ron Arad, Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Arik Levy, John Pawson and Zaha Hadid have resulted in a spectacular body of work which provides a snapshot of the most exciting and innovative minds of the 21st century. Swarovski’s recent projects include Perspectives by British minimalist John Pawson – shown at the Venice Biennale – and Prima, created by Zaha Hadid at Vitra Design Museum in Germany.