Royal Selangor’s new Crystalline collection brings an understated glamour to your home. By Rachel Ang
There is something irresistible about the glint and glimmer of light reflected on a facetted surface. This attraction, which I like to term “the magpie tendency”, is clearly something that Australian designer Jarrod Lim is aware of, as demonstrated in his latest homeware collection for luxury pewter brand Royal Selangor.
Given Lim’s take on creativity as a process of taking the old and familiar to new, unexpected directions, this collaboration with Royal Selangor is no surprise. The brand itself, with a history dating all the way back to 1885, has had to find ways to reinvent the use of pewter, giving relevance to a material that was originally used to make religious ceremonial objects. In this case, the philosophy of both parties have come together to form a captivating and distinguished series of objects that casts sophistication wherever it is displayed.
For the Crystalline collection, Lim takes the concept of crystals and the way their angled surfaces catch the light, and replicated it in Royal Selangor’s signature medium. Launching this June, this sleek collection presents two different candelabrums, candle stands, a pair of salt and pepper shakers, tea light holders, a jug, and a bud vase. Each of these items boasts flawlessly geometrical form that catches and reflects the light, evoking the sparkle of crystals.
But while the glister of crystals, when presented in the wrong context or in an unflattering light, can come across as gaudy and flashy, the highly polished pewter only gives off a soft, tasteful glimmer while reflecting the surrounding colours. Discreetly matching and blending into its environment, the Crystalline collection gives off an understated allure that renders it timelessly elegant. The design of the collection is brought out to its best effect when put side by side with black walnut wood, which provides a contrast between reflected light and warm tones, as seen in the alternative design for the candle-stands.