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Posted December 22, 2010
An Elegant Book of History and the Beauty of Crystal
CRYSTAL PALACE: SWAROVSKI could have easily been a book of photographs of the most exquisite crystals in the world and would have been a satisfying addition to the specialized art books from a different form of Art. But instead teNeues has created a large volume rich in the history of the Swarovski family and their business of making the crystals that continue to dazzle the world. Zoë Ryan, Curator of the Art Institute of Chicago, provides a solid Introduction to a field of art that few understand or appreciate. Clarissa Hupertz then adds a detailed and fascinating history of the Swarovski family, dating the beginning of the Crystal creations to 1985 and follows the family and the company in its growth and influence since. She quotes founder Daniel Swarovski: 'Every new era offers new possibilities for action and development. Development never stands still. Innovations in one field lead to innovations in others. One must remain alert at all times, always ready to make the very best use of what emerges.' And with this statement Hupertz demonstrates the huge influence the Swarovski crystal makers have had in fields may of us never realized were even tangent. The greater portion of the book is devoted to the many artists who have created crystal phenomena unlike anything we have seen. Michelle Ogundehin, editor of ELLE Decoration Magazine, provides the text that 'illuminates' the thoughts of each of the many artists represented in this book. The Swarovski Crystal Palace is a 'think tank for the convergence of art, design, science and technology, challenging leading designers to reinterpret the tradition of crystal chandeliers' - a project launched in 2002. These artists have created crystal works for museums, commercial buildings and homes. The photographs of these 'unphotographable' works spill across two open pages at times and even that amount of space and lighting doesn't seem to capture the magic created by these brilliant designers. Not only does this volume share the finished project of each of the artists who have or are working in the Swarovski Crystal Palace: it also offers insights and interviews with the artist, giving a thorough insight to the miracles they create. This is a book for lovers of design, art, engineering and beauty. The book's subtitle 'The Art of Light and Crystal' is a most appropriate one! A beautiful addition to the classic library. Grady HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.