In 1870, Adolf Schonbek, an enterprising 24-year-old Bohemian glassmaker, left his family's glassworks to start his own business building crystal chandeliers. He believed that pairing crystal and light to make chandeliers was the most spectacular use of this extravagant material.
For more than 140 years, SCHONBEK has remained the world's leading manufacturer of premium crystal lighting. Classic, contemporary or custom, every luminaire is an authentic, handcrafted masterpiece, designed and produced in-house at SCHONBEK's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the U.S. and supported by the best personal service. This ensures that each product is of the highest heirloom quality and will last for generations.
Guided by a tradition of forward-thinking ingenuity, SCHONBEK's designers have developed and are responsible for nearly 200 patented technologies, shaping the crystal lighting industry. They strive to stay ahead of the trends, incorporating the latest technology into each new design.
SCHONBEK has specialized in the creation of custom chandeliers since its founding and has delivered custom pieces to the world's most prestigious venues, from the White House to Buckingham Palace. The custom-design team revels in challenge, and their extensive experience makes them a natural partner for architects and interior designers alike. Their design prowess and flexibility are sought after for the most complex installations in hotels, resorts, casinos, palaces and private residences.
In 2007, SCHONBEK became a member of the Swarovski Company, bringing together two world-class brands, each with their own unique identity and heritage. Together, SCHONBEK and Swarovski share a 255 year tradition of creativity, innovation and quality, promising a brilliant future.
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