1970 Paris / Lives in Paris
Time Magazine recognized the timelessness and beauty of Darko’s Ray crystal sculpture and awarded it to the TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People. The Ray sculpture was awarded to world leaders in entertainment, politics, business, art and science, including Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ralph Lauren, President Hu Jintao, Sonia Gandhi, the Google guys and Richard Branson. It became a unique link between these exceptional people around the world. Awarded first prize by the Comité Colbert - French Luxury Association a record four times, his designs have been exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Carrousel du Louvre, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, and Galerie Loevenbruck. From the Oscars to the Rockefeller Center, Paris City Hall, British Fashion Awards and the Life Ball, his work has been presented in Hollywood, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Monte-Carlo, Milan, Vienna, Hong-Kong…
He is actively working on the creation of his own luxury brand : “It is a great satisfaction to share a creative adventure that brings joy and emotion.“
Darko’s creations is the purity of design and the philosophy contained within. Born in Paris into a diplomatic family, Darko grew up travelling between Europe and Africa which sparked his interest in foreign cultures: “Living among different cultures gave me an understanding of the richness and diversity of the world“.
This “philosigner“, as he likes to describe himself, mixes philosophy and design in his personal cocktail shaker. Former Creative Director of Swarovski, he has worked with numerous luxury brands such as Givenchy, Lancôme, Christofle, Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels, Château Lafite Rothschild, and takes his inspiration from the links that he creates between aesthetics, science, philosophy, the spiritual and the technical.
This informed approach to the object gives his creations a singular depth that can be clearly felt, without having to explain in detail the creator’s approach. Also, the mix of æsthetics and philosophy enables the product to represent something bigger than itself and explains its longevity.
Awarded first prize by the Comité Colbert - French Luxury Association a record four times, his designs have been exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Carrousel du Louvre, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, and Galerie Loevenbruck.
DESIGN, IMAGE & INNOVATION
Product design, brand analysis, artistic direction, advertising, graphic design and illustration, architecture
Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Boucheron, Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, Monnaie de Paris, Zepter, Lancôme, Mairie de Paris, Baccarat, Christofle, Hermès, Daniel Swarovski, Swarovski, Paris Capitale de la Création, Rockefeller Center, TIME 100 - World’s Most Influential People, Oscars - 78th Annual Academy Awards, British Fashion Awards, Fashion Rocks, Toronto International Film Festival, Jivago, Life Ball, Kludi, Moulinex, Château Lafite Rothschild, Perrier-Jouët, Rémy Martin, Krug, Sergio Tacchini
Swarovski - Creative Director
2004 – 2005
Paris, Zürich, Innsbruck, Milan, New York
Reporting directly to the President and owners.
Development of the Home, Fashion Accessories and Jewelry lines CGB.
Brand language, creative vision, collection themes, analysis of the brand and definition of its identity. Creation of new concepts and iconic products resulting in image repositioning and an increase in sales.
Direction of design teams in Paris, Milan and Austria.
Communication : briefing and guidance of in-house teams and external agencies, definition of the photographic style, selection of models.
Presentation of the collections in Paris, Iceland and Hong Kong.
Honors and Awards
Promotion des Jeunes Créateurs
Founded in 1954, the Comité Colbert gathers French luxury houses and several cultural institutions. They work together to promote French art de vivre at international level.
Awarded 1st Prize four times :
Givenchy - perfume bottle
Boucheron - watch
Lalique - chandelier
Van Cleef & Arpels - advertising
Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Carrousel du Louvre, Galerie Loevenbruck, Galerie La Reine Margot, ect..
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Industrial and Product Design
Photo credit: Jurij Treskow