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May 1, 2013

Chihuly Boathouse Hosts the Akris Spring Presentation

Art meets fashion at the Boathouse, studio of famed glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, where Swiss brand Akris recently presented the latest looks from its cruise and spring/summer 2013 collections. Seattle’s finest gathered for an evening of style hosted by Leslie Chihuly, president of Chihuly, Inc., and chair of Seattle Symphony’s board of directors. Guests enjoyed chamber music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails and were able to intimately inspect the craftsmanship of each Akris look that was presented.

“I love the confluence of art, music, fashion and philanthropy. I run the Chihuly studio and live a very aesthetic life, so naturally, I am attracted to the visual/artistic/musical worlds,” says Chihuly (pictured center in a yellow Akris dress) on why she wanted to host the evening. “Being able to do this event with Akris in partnership with the Seattle Symphony is really special. My work on the board allows me to bring people together and inspire through great live symphony music.”

In support of musical education, a $5,000 donation was made to Seattle Symphony on behalf of Nordstrom.

Akris designer Albert Kriemler took “a journey through the world’s majestic oceans” for cruise 2013. This endeavor produced a collection that paid tribute to the pioneers of oceanography, including HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco at the helm of his yacht Princesse Alice.

The oceanic motifs from this cruise look make a playful statement.

For spring/summer ’13, Kriemler referenced the work of two great Brazilian landscape architects—Roberto Burle Marx and Oscar Niemeyer.

Brighten up your style with sunny pieces from the Akris Collection, available at select Nordstrom stores, and Akris Punto, available online.

The Boathouse swimming pool (left) features Chihuly glass at the bottom of the center of the pool. Pictured right are model glass parts used for concept and designs.

From cameras to books to accordions, collectible antique items adorn the walls in the Boathouse.

This wall of dartboards is actually a moving installation that sits on the second floor of the Boathouse and was created by Swedish artist Jacob Dahlgren.

Need to visit the powder room? Each bathroom in the Boathouse is a pop culture work of art. We loved the clever use of these vintage record covers.

The glass-blowing Hot Shop is where the real magic happens at the Boathouse. This spacious workshop is said to be one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Molten glass emerges as art with a twirl of motion by this Chihuly craftsman.

Guests walked away from the presentation with a keepsake book.

To locate Nordstrom stores that carry Akris, please contact a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 or via Live Chat (7am–1am Eastern).

−Qianna Smith

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