Dramatic installation of Swarovski Crystal Palace ‘Cloudeliers’ will decorate new restaurant at Glyndebourne
Nigel Coates has designed 43 Swarovski Crystal Palace chandeliers entitled ‘Cloudeliers’ exclusively for Glyndebourne’s new restaurant that will open in May in celebration of its 75th anniversary.
The new restaurant has been extensively redesigned and refurbished using Brighton-based architects Miller Bourne. The interior has been overseen by Nigel Coates, Professor of Architecture at the Royal College of Art , who designed the 43 Swarovski Crystal Palace ‘Cloudeliers’ exclusively for the restaurant. The Cloudeliers have been adapted from Coates’ installation of crystal forms, biomorphic furniture and dance at the 11th Venice Biennale for Architecture, where he borrowed concepts of Eros from a notorious 15th-century manuscript. They are created using an exclusively cut Swarovski crystal designed by Coates to produce a variety of structures with this component based around elliptical and organic shapes rather than purely symmetrical forms. The Cloudeliers are set to provide a sparkling layer of cloud-shaped crystal to be hung above the dining guests and have been produced by Italian manufacturer Slamp.
The cluster of chandeliers will form an architectural installation, which will create a dramatic experience through the dappled light that is emitted from 132 crystals that make up each chandelier. Cloudelier will be the second chandelier designed by Coates to join Swarovski Crystal Palace.
Coates has drawn extensively on the opera house and productions for his inspiration for the restaurant interior and has used mainly Italian craftsmanship to realise his design concept. The furniture has been made in Italy by Fratelli Boffi and the colour scheme includes muted tones of burnt orange, brown, grey and pale blue. Coates has taken inspiration from the theatricality of Glyndebourne and patrons will no doubt recognise some of the fittings from past Glyndebourne productions including a large-scale mural from La traviata.
“I hope my design brings more character to the restaurant. Dining here should be part of the theatrical experience of coming to Glyndebourne, and make every visitor feel special. It’s not so much a conventional interior design as an exercise in art direction, and with plenty of artistry.”
- Nigel Coates
Nadja Swarovski, Vice President of International Communications, Swarovski comments;
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Nigel Coates for Glyndebourne this year, it seems fitting that Swarovski supports such a culturally rich Festival steeped in tradition. Nigel does a stunning job of integrating Swarovski crystal into his designs and the cloudelier is a perfect addition to this fantastic occasion.”
About Swarovski Crystal Palace: Swarovski Crystal Palace is a revolutionary project that has aimed to create signature interpretations of light and design using the emotive medium of cut crystal. Whilst celebrating and reinterpreting the rich traditions of the chandelier, Swarovski Crystal Palace has broken barriers, played with the rules and opened a new chapter in the history of lighting, art and design. Now in its eighth year, Swarovski Crystal Palace has worked with some of the world’s foremost and collectable designers including Zaha Hadid, Yvés Behar, Studio Job, Ross Lovegrove, Tom Dixon, Ron Arad, Tokujin Yoshioka and Fernando and Humberto Campana.
About Swarovski: In 1895, Daniel Swarovski I, a Bohemian inventor and visionary, moved to the village of Wattens, Tyrol in Austria, with his newly-invented machine for cutting and polishing crystal jewellery stones. From this beginning that revolutionised the fashion world, Swarovski has grown to be the world’s leading producer of precision-cut crystal, for fashion, jewellery and more recently lighting, architecture and interiors. Today, the company, still based in Wattens, family-owned and run by 4th and 5th generation family members, has a global reach, with some 23.900 employees, a presence in over 120 countries and a turnover in 2008 of 2.52 billion Euros. Swarovski comprises two major businesses, one producing and selling loose elements to the industry and the other creating design-driven finished products. Swarovski crystal components, known by their product brand names CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements for fashion and STRASS® Swarovski® Crystal for architecture and light, have become an essential ingredient of international design. Since 1965 the company has also catered to the fine jewellery industry with precision-cut genuine and created gemstones, and from April 2008 has strengthened this relationship by revitalising and renaming the product brand ENLIGHTENEDTM – Swarovski Elements. Showing the creativity that lies at the heart of the company, Swarovski’s own-brand lines of accessories, jewellery and home décor are sold through more than 1,600 retail outlets in all major fashion capitals. The exclusive Daniel Swarovski accessories collection has meanwhile become the company’s couture signature.The Swarovski Crystal Society has close to 350,000 members worldwide, keen collectors of the celebrated crystal figurines. And in Wattens, Swarovski Kristallwelten, the multi-media crystal museum, was opened in 1995, as a celebration of Swarovski’s universe of innovation and inspiration. The Swarovski corporation also includes Tyrolit®, manufacturing grinding tools, Swareflex, for road safety reflectors and Swarovski Optik, producing precision optical instruments.