Jewellery giant Swarovski has collaborated with British artist Arran Gregory and Japanese digital artist Yoshii Hiroshi to create two new collections.
The jewellery brand’s latest creative partnerships with Yoshii Hiroshi and Arran Gregory displays each designer’s distinctive design style using crystal and will be a modern take on the classic figurines first created by Swarovski in 1976.
Inspired by mankind’s connection to the natural world and the strength of wild animals, Arran Gregory’s Mirror Nature collection features three small-scale versions of his signature sculptures: the wolf, the leopard and the bear. As part of the two-year collaboration with Swarovski Gregory has also developed an exclusive chrome coating, which used in combination with the precision-cut crystal showcases the mirror-effect that is at the heart of the designer’s artistic vision.
Gregory commented: “Working with Swarovski was inspiring. They put their trust in me as an artist, nurturing my practice without compromising my ideas. Crystal is such a fascinating material, I think because of the way it reacts with light—it draws you in.”
Known for his characters and mascots, this will be Yoshii Hiroshi’s first design created in crystal. His ‘Hoot the Owl’ range celebrates a variety of emotions: ‘Hoot – I’m in Love’ clutches three hearts in Light Siam colored stones, ‘Hoot – Let’s Celebrate’ comprises fuchsia-coloured balloons and ‘Hoot – I’m So Lucky’ offers a four leaf clover in fern green coloured crystal.
Designer Yoshii Hiroshi explained: “My three-dimensional characters are created through a harmonious combination of beauty, ludicrousness, and humour, so when I learned that Swarovski had a character series, I thought it would be great if I could make something like it. I usually design using opaque surfaces, so crystal was a challenge at first, but I eventually got used to it and I enjoyed it!”