Daniel Libeskind


Angled, articulate and tectonic, American architect Daniel Libeskind’s buildings act as a large-scale invocation of cultural memory. Coming to prominence with his poignant design for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the overarching themes in his built works are memorialization and remembrance. A true citizen of the world, Libeskind has moved between countries 18 times. In 2003, his practice Studio Libeskind won the competition to rebuild the World Trade Center in New York. This is his first collaboration with Swarovski.

“A crystal is a metaphor for life because the form, the shape, the idea of a crystal has to do with an inversion of surface and depth.”

— Daniel Libeskind

For ‘Architecture & the City’, Daniel Libeskind presents a championship-size chess set, whose pieces celebrate several of Libeskind’s most iconic buildings. With a board showing maps of Milan and New York (the two cities where he lives and works), the set uses materials from the worlds of construction–concrete and marble, as well as artisan craft–silver from Wiener Silber Manufactur and Swarovski crystal. The two kings are representations of the Freedom Tower in New York City.

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