AiRx Art Installation & Atelier Swarovski S/S 2014 Preview

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


(Left to right: Tolla Sloane, Curator and Project Manager. Roland Davies, Director of the British Council, Dr Sarah Meisch, Director of Arts, the British Council, Singaporean artist-architect Randy Chan and Jean Tan, Executive Director of the SIF)
Angles of Incidence is the result of the third Singapore International Foundation-British Council Artist-in-Residence Exchange (SIF-BC AiRx) programme featuring Singaporean artist-architect Randy Chan and British artist Philippa Lawrence. Following residencies and interactions with communities in each other’s cities – Singapore and London – Chan and Lawrence have created a site-specific collaborative installation at the Singapore Botanic Gardens from mid January, and London in April.
“Angles of Incidence comprises reflective multi-faceted steel pods placed beneath the canopy of an 80 year-old Kapok tree to create a dynamic relationship between the installation and its environment. Visitors will experience the oscillation between the installation and nature as the reflective installation merges into and emerges from the landscape.” Tolla Sloane, Curator

A kaleidoscopic view through the crystal-studded pyramids.

Being Singapore’s first nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the gardens provides a befitting backdrop for both artists to create a temporary installation in response to the universal themes of Heritage, Memory and Identity.

Sponsored by Swarovski Crystals, the abstract post-apocalyptic metal sculptures incorporated a mirrored effect to reflect and amplify the surrounding sceneries. The installation pieces are interactive,too: a triangular 'portal' leads to an elevated steps where one can view the gardens and overall installation site from a different perspective; steep pyramids are studded with large chunks of crystals where one could view the landscape through them, resulting in a magnificent kaleidoscopic vision.

Opens daily from 6am to midnight, until 23 March 2014. Entrance from Ginger Garden.
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Atelier Swarovski's In-House Designs for S/S 2014

Atelier Swarovski x Christopher Kane S/S 2014 featuring a weaved bolster necklace, matching link pendant, and cocktail ring.

At the same time, LaPrendo was also invited for an exclusive preview of Atelier Swarovski S/S 2014 collection. Christopher Kane's bolster collection is updated with more ultra glamorous styles for daily and evening wear. 
Other exciting collection was of Atelier Swarovski's in-house designers, featuring long necklaces and chain bracelets with futuristic oversized asymmetrical beads and multi-faceted mirrored hardware.

Lastly, fans of all things cool and avant garde, rejoice! After teaming up with over 50 of the world’s leading designers from fashion, jewellery to architecture, Atelier Swarovski has finally decided to collaborate with Maison Martin Margiela for a series of stalactite-shaped haute couture jewellery pieces this season. Pioneering a Crystal Fusion technique, the crystals were bonded to matte white resin before the entire pieces were cut, instead of being fitted together after being cut separately. The result is clean and smooth, yet asymmetrical and raw, like diamonds in the rough.
Atelier Swarovski x Maison Martin Margiela cuff worn as shoe add-ons for their F/W 2013 haute couture runway. 

All collections coming soon to LaPrendo.
Stay tuned!


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