Swarovski is an Austrian glass manufacturer. Daniel Swarovski founded the company in 1895. In 1895, he left Bohemia for the Austrian Tyrol. He established a factory in Wattens for the industrial production of cut crystal stones. From 1917 on, these stones were marketed as ‘Tyrolite,’ which is now the company’s industrial division.
The company produced optical instrument lines (now Swarovski Optik) and decorative glass (including jewellery and chandeliers). Every year, the company produces 20 billion cut crystals. The best-known items for the general public are its crystal animals, which are sold in airports worldwide.
At the top of the market, designers such as Hervé Léger, Alessandro Mendini, Stefano Ricci and Ettore Sottsass have produced their haute couture accessories and art glass. The Swarovski Collectors Society (SCS), established in 1987, has over 450,000 members worldwide.
Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.
Woodham, J. M. (2006). A dictionary of modern design. Oxford University Press.
You may also be interested in
Kolman Moser was an Austrian, designer, metal worker and graphic designer. He was born in Vienna. 1889 and 1892 he studied painting and design, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna. 1893-1895 he was a student at Kunstgewerbeschule, Vienna in graphic design. He designed for the Wiener Mode and in 1895 with other artists produced the Allegories set of folio volumes.
Friedl Dicker Austrian architect and furniture, interior, and textile designer – Encyclopedia of Design
Friedl Dicker was an Austrian architect and furniture, interior, and textile designer, she was born in Vienna. Studied photography; 1912-14, fabric design: Kunstgewerbeschule, Vienna; 1916 -19, with Johannes ltten, Vienna; 1919-23, Bauhaus, Weimar, under ltten. Bewteen 1923-26, Dicker was active with Franz Singer in their Werkstätten bildender Kunst, Berlin.