#1: Atelier Swarovski
The Austrian crystal house’s luxury range debuted its homeware line in 2016 in partnership with globally renowned artists and designers. Collaborators have included the likes of the late Zaha Hadid, and this year’s are equally notable: among them, interiors superstar Patricia Urquiola, Japanese design outfit Nendo, and British architect John Pawson (his stripped-down yet romantic aesthetic channelled into the likes of the vase above). What’s extra special this year, though, is the debut of Core, a line with items such as stationery, trays and candle holders ($80-$6,500) that’s designed entirely in-house. It explains the aesthetic: Be it a jewellery box or thumb drive, each piece adapts the geometric lines of a crystal, and boasts crystalline elements in unexpected ways. In short, fun yet sophisticated – like the brand’s well-loved jewellery.
Under the craft-loving J.W. Anderson’s auspices, the Spanish luxury house forayed into the world of interiors via Salone del Mobile in 2015, and has participated in the design fair annually since. This year, it showcases its largest and most diverse homeware collection yet: 50 items, including large-scale tapestries and blankets (get them via special order), and a complementary range of totes and small leather goods (these hit stores here from October). Focusing this time on textile craft, the brand has tapped on techniques and craftsmen from Japan, India, Senegal and Ecuador, and criss-crossed them with the work of the ateliers it employs in Europe (or more specifically, France, Italy, Spain and Germany). The result is a delightfully eclectic mix of motifs, of which provenance is hard to pin down to just one time or place.
Fact: Versace was one of the early adopters of the “lifestyle empire” approach with its Home line, established in 1992. This year, the Italian label celebrates 25 years of collaboration with German porcelain specialist Rosenthal with a limited edition tableware collection, Rosenthal Meets Versace: 25 plates and tea cups that each feature a different design from the Versace archives. With the brand enjoying renewed social currency with the highly memorable (and Instagrammed) S/S ’18 tribute collection to founder Gianni Versace, as well as the hit TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, this release comes across as most ripe for collection.