Tokujin Yoshioka presented an LED light covered in 10,000 Swarovski crystals {alongside a second globe growing inside a tank – sorry, no image}.


‘Amplify’ by Yves Behar. These lanterns were produced using a sheet of recyclable paper, one crystal and one low-energy consuming LED light – deceptively simple and simply beautiful.


Swarovski Crystal Palace on Zona Tortona was a breathtaking experience that I will definitely not forget in a hurry. Although I did expect to see a series of visually striking installations, the experience of seeing other visitors standing quietly in complete awe in each room was something which added to the experience and created a collective hypnotic state.

Tokujin Yoshioka, Gwenaël Nicolas, Yves Béhar, Rogier van der Heide and Vincent van Duysen were commissioned to come up with a crystalline reinterpretation of the traditional chandelier. Curated by the Wapping Project, the show featured a series of rooms, in which visitors could find each designer’s work within various palatial backdrops. Each room was inspired by palaces from around the globe, including Versailles and its hall of mirrors, the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and Tokyo’s Imperial palace.

My absolute favourite – ‘Sparks’ by Gwenaël Nicolas. Single string of crystals with occasional sparks of light ricocheting around the room. It was truly mesmerizing.


‘Frost’ by Vincent van Duysen – series of modular ‘beams’ consisting of LED lights within thin glass panels.


‘Dream Cloud’ by Rogier van der Heide– cluster of thousands of tiny crystals suspended above ground.


The final room was a mini Swarovski “hall of fame”, celebrating some of the most innovative Crystal Palace installations from the past eight years.

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

7 Responses

  1. Melissa de la Fuente

    Oh dear god! I cannot believe these images and would have given anything to see it in person! You are the perfect guide my dear, so knowledgeable and smart. Thank you again for this spectacular tour through the design show. Awesome!

  2. Cristina

    Thanks for posting this! These photos are so beautiful and magical…it must have been quite an experience being there. I love the lanterns and the strings of crystal Sparks.

  3. Curiosity | Gwenaël Nicolas. | Decorating Cue

    […] Curiosity was established back in 1998 by French-born designer Gwenaël Nicolas. He has created everything from perfume bottles with Issey Miyake to store concepts for Uniqlo and high-concept installations for Lexus. You might recall that I blogged about Nicolas’ Crystal Palace creation in Milan this year called ‘Sparks’, an LED string of crystals which was my absolute favourite. You can check out my post here. […]


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