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Carrington Lighting is proud to feature Schonbek for this month's Brand Spot Light.


The Swarovski Group: World Leaders in Cut Crystal

In 1895, in Tyrol, Austria the visionary Daniel Swarovski invented a machine to cut crystal perfectly and precisely. Still owned and run by the Swarovski family today, Swarovski is the world leader in cut crystal for jewelry and decorative pieces as well as lighting, architecture and interiors.

Swarovski introduced their ornate ground crystal elements for use by designers and manufacturers of chandeliers and lighting fixtures in 1965.


In 2011, Swarovski formally established Swarovski Lighting, Ltd., which includes two distinct premium consumer lighting brands; Swarovski, with its contemporary aesthetic, and Schonbek, with its classic designs. Together, Swarovski and Schonbek have been granted over 200 design patents and share more than 250 years of crystal and lighting history.



Swarovski has amazed and inspired designers within the world of lighting since introducing their ornate ground crystal elements for use in chandeliers and lighting fixtures in 1965. The Swarovski brand is renowned for its cutting-edge design language that combines crystal and light to produce imaginative light forms, transforming architectural spaces into iconic landmarks of sparkling wonder.


Swarovski unveiled its first premium lighting collection in 2011 at Euroluce, Europe’s leading design show in Milan. Swarovski’s premium decorative lighting illuminates spaces with its emotional aura of inspiration and art. Swarovski’s contemporary and fresh design language unites expertise in cut crystal with state-of-the-art lighting technology and inspiration from some of the most renowned designers of today.Cutting crystal to perfection is coded in the DNA of Swarovski. Every lighting element is the result of market-leading, one-of-a-kind engineering and skillful handiwork. This unmistakable quality makes a world of difference and is reflected in each Swarovski illumination.


Schonbek® lighting is synonymous with authentic handcrafted crystal chandeliers of the highest heirloom quality. Each creation is a radiant masterpiece of elegance and opulence, designed and crafted to illuminate generations to come.

In 1870, young Adolph Schonbek left his grandfather’s glassworks to found A. Schonbek & Co. The young entrepreneur focused on manufacturing crystal chandeliers of the finest quality and quickly built up a successful international business. He was eventually awarded the company’s iconic crest by Franz Joseph I of the Habsburg Court, most notably known as the former Emperor of Austria.


Passing on this entrepreneurial spirit, the family’s resilience and passion continued to shine through in its chandelier making, with ingenuity as a driving force. For more than 140 years, the Schonbek name has carried with it a reputation as a change-maker in lighting, revolutionizing the industry. 

True to the company’s heritage of done-by-hand craftsmanship, each premium Schonbek chandelier is delicately hand worked, creating timeless lighting designs of exceptional grandeur that are appreciated by traditionalists and modernists alike


Schonbek is a made-to-order brand, offering lighting in a choice of more than 40,000 customizable combinations of finishes, crystal types and styles. Each piece shines with an individual, special character.

Sought after the world over, Schonbek has a glittering global presence in buildings of grand historic importance, palaces, luxury hotels and resorts, casinos, fine restaurants, Hollywood film sets, and other prestigious settings. Schonbek offers a diverse range of custom capabilities, making the brand an ideal partner for the most complex custom lighting projects.

Schonbek has been a member of the Swarovski Group since 2007. Schonbek lighting is designed, engineered and manufactured in Plattsburgh, NY, U.S.A.

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