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Kim Thomé. Photo: Courtesy of Swarovski

If someone said diamonds are a girl’s best friend, they clearly haven’t heard about the new installation by designer Kim Thomé, who has collaborated with Swarovski to showcase a landmark project for the London Design Festival.

Running from 19-27 September, the project, titled Zotem, is an 18-metre-tall, double-sided monolith embedded with more than 600 bespoke Swarovski crystals. It is set to be unveiled at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 15 September and will remain on display until 31 October, leaving everyone with no excuse not to experience the extravagant design.

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Photo: Courtesy of Swarovski

“When I first asked about the space that we would be using, I went up to the top on the ceramics floor. I had always found it quite hard to get up there even though it’s one of my favourite places in the V&A,” explained Thomé. “For me it was important that the motions of the crystal patterns actually lead your eye upwards. We thought, ‘Let’s have a little cherry on top’, which is placed in the ceramics space. It’s like an explosion of colour when it fans out. It’s going to be very interesting to bring people up to a space that they haven’t seen before, all because they would like to see the top end of the of this structure.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Swarovski

Meant to create a visual link between two spaces, the artwork will occupy the central space in the museum between the Grand Entrance and the Ceramics Galleries. It’s set to be a stunningly colourful blend of light and movement— and is sure to be one piece that encourages visitors to explore the building’s interior in a new perspective.

Text by Nayeun Kim