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Swarovski’s Da Vinci LED Chandelier: New Technology Transforms Old Bohemia

The story of the Da Vinci LED Chandelier begins centuries ago in 1870 when a young man named Adolf Schonbek “walked away from the family glassworks to start his own business.” An order from Buckingham Palace catapulted him into the spotlight and today the Schonbek chandelier company is owned by Swarovski (a relatively recent 2007 acquisition). From the initial old-world designs that Schonbek created in Bohemia, new technologies in lighting and crystals eventually led to the magnificent Da Vinci LED Chandelier.

Da Vinci LED Chandelier. Designed by Swarovski.

The perfectly round chandelier comes in two grand sizes, both of which command attention simply due to their 3 or 5-foot diameter. This massive globe is eye-catching even without being illuminated—but its specific capabilities in the lighting department are what make the Da Vinci LED Chandelier so mesmerizing. In halogen mode, Da Vinci glitters like a harvest moon. It hangs seductively, a big bright orb of shimmering white light above your head. In this incarnation, the chandelier shows off the tinsel-like quality of the Swarovski crystals—clear as bells. But the Da Vinci has a wilder side in its LED mode: colors shift like opaline dragon scales, turning the giant sphere blue, pink, purple, and gold. The “dream-like quality” of Da Vinci is a result of the chandelier’s metamorphosis. Part of the Schonbek Geometrix® collection, this changeable light recognizes the different sides of our personalities: “If you’re having a dinner party for business associates, you can light Da Vinci™ in its supremely elegant, clear crystal form. If the party is for fun-loving friends, you can put on a Da Vinci™ light show.”

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I don’t know if it’s due to our love of the round moon or our affinity to shiny stars, but we are drawn towards gleaming circles. The Caboche Lamp and the Star kitchen hood illustrate our penchant for the refulgent orb. The Da Vinci LED Chandelier ups the ante by being transformative. Watching it change from kunzite to tanzanite appeals to the same sensory receptors in our brains that marvel at magic. Ta-da!

Posted October 6th, 2009 by Alicita Rodriguez


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