x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Bell light by Tom Dixon

Object of desire The Ball chandelier designed by Tom Dixon for Swarovski's Crystal Palace lighting collection.

Ball is available in three sizes, starting from £17,000 (Dh101,170). For stockists see www.swarovskicrystalpalace.com
Ball is available in three sizes, starting from £17,000 (Dh101,170). For stockists see www.swarovskicrystalpalace.com

You know what they say about fashion: "If you wore it first time around, skip the revival". So I didn't do the neo-hippie thing of a few summers ago and I'll probably pass on the shoulder-pads when they (inevitably) reappear. But, somehow, it's different at home. Take the Ball chandelier designed by Tom Dixon for Swarovski's Crystal Palace lighting collection. Now, I'm not about to dust off my old disco moves (that's another "don't go there") but it does bring back memories of those glitter-ball nights.

Yet Dixon's reinvention of the chandelier is so very much more than a disco ball. "The chandelier is loaded with history. I wanted to do the bare minimum to create a chandelier," he said, to explain his approach. The result may be a bare minimum of structure but it's an absolute maximum of ingenuity: hundreds of crystals are suspended, each on its own thread, to form a virtual sphere. With the light coming from a circle of LEDs above it, the effect is quite ethereal.

Whether Dixon was deliberately channelling the Eighties or not, I don't know but, while the Ball evokes the devil-may-care glamour of that decade, it looks utterly fresh and modern. Ball is available in three sizes, starting from £17,000 (Dh101,170). For stockists see www.swarovskicrystalpalace.com