As Creative Director of Fiona Winter Studio (FWS) in Milan, Italy,
Fiona Swarovski has already realized
several collections, working at the same time for
Swarovski Group and other internationally known
Born in Basel, Switzerland,
Fiona Swarovski has worked to create her own niche in the design sector while
also serving as a worldwide ambassador for Swarovski International’s image and
style. This has led to a number of innovations, including a new product line
combining natural stone and one-of-a-kind patterns in Swarovski crystals.
Although Fiona Swarovski is among the youngest
family descendants working in the design sector, her resume has developed
quickly over the years. Her studies took place in London,
England, as well as three
locations in Switzerland -- Basel, Lausanne
and Lugano, where she obtained her Degree in Art History. Subsequently, she
took a course at Sotheby’s Institute
of Art and attended the Parsons School
of Design in New York, NY,
before moving to Italy,
where she became active in interior decoration.
Designs using Swarovski crystal have also been
used to adorn slabs of petrified wood.
2002, after a long creative run dedicated to the design and production of
jewelry and fashion accessories, Fiona Swarovski decided to tackle a new
professional challenge by opening a new design center -- Fiona Winter Studio
(FWS) -- of which she is Creative Director. Based in a traditional house in
downtown Milan, Italy, Fiona Winter Studio has
already realized several collections, working at the same time for Swarovski
Group and other internationally known fashion brands.
Fiona Swarovski is working on a number of creative projects. Among them, she is
collaborating with stone producer, Antolini Luigi & C. of Italy, on a project
combining semi-precious and other exotic stone materials with patterns of
“The experience acquired over the years has
enabled me to develop a unique and original style, [which is] the result of the
meticulous search for new materials, innovative choices in style and production
techniques ahead of the times. These are the reasons why we have chosen
Antolini and their countless range of natural stones to develop unique and
original design elements,” Fiona Swarovski said.
Currently, Fiona Swarovski is working on a number of
Among them, she is collaborating with stone producer,
& C. of Italy, on a project combining semi-precious
and other exotic
stone materials with patterns of Swarovski crystals.
crystals in unique, one-of-a-kind patterns, materials such as agate, amethyst
and petrified wood are converted into furnishings rather than building
materials, with the goal of creating “dream living spaces” for a client.
found that at Fiona Winter Studio, they share the same passion for natural
stone and the same attention to every single detail -- from the quality of the
stone to every aspect of design,” said Alberto Antolini, CEO of Antolini Luigi
& C. “This is the common spirit that has spurred us to create this new
Recently, the new Antolini Precious Stone
Collection, signed by Fiona Winter Studio, was on display at the Marmomacc
international stone trade/design event in Verona,
Contemporary Stone & Tile Design had a chance to speak with Fiona Swarovski
about her latest endeavor.
“The slabs are all semi-precious materials, hand
made stone by stone. Every piece is different from
another, and the designs are different every time,”
Swarovski said. “This concept allows for the inspiration
of the architect or the client.”
was your inspiration to begin working with stone? Swarovski:
I wanted marble for an interior design, and Alberto Antolini showed me his
stone boutique. I saw the backlit stone, and I wanted to do something great. I
wanted to do something more than backlit -- using light as well as color.
are all semi-precious materials, hand made stone by stone. Every piece is
different from another, and the designs are different every time. This concept
allows for the inspiration of the architect or the client. They can decide if
it is going to be a design of a tiger or an elephant, for example, or a
geometric pattern, or a pattern that was inspired by nature.
the crystal designs] follow the natural veins of the slab, and some have a
completely different ornamentation that is independent of the veining. CSTD:
are some of the applications for these designs? Swarovski:
You can really do everything -- a dinner table, a floor, an entrance to a home.
You can do a pool area. You can do a bathroom -- the bathtub or shower area. Of
course, you can create an impression on the walls of a home or an upscale hotel
collection] works well with a lot of different materials, in designs with wood,
leather, steel, bronze, carbon fiber. I have a mobile team that travels around
the world, and they can visit and do [the crystal designs] on an existing
decoration. If someone is tired of their old design, it is like a new
application of decoration to apply to the surface. We haven’t seen anything