Re­flec­tive Re­fin­ery

Royal Se­lan­gor’s new Crys­talline col­lec­tion brings an understated glam­our to your home. By Rachel Ang

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Lifestyle -

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.

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