Austrian luxury company Swarovski has teamed up with London's Design Museum for a brilliant exhibition that mixes digital technology with the faceted crystals. Ron Arad, Yves Behar, Maarten Baas and Paul Cocksedge are among the exciting talents that used LEDs, laser lights, mirrors, light painting, intangible holograms and off course Swarovski crystals to explore different ways to recover that lost connection we have with intangible things within a fast developing digital age. We had an exclusive glimpse of a brilliant show called Digital Crystal, which was curated by Nina Due and opens just in a few days. If you go, be sure to check out Yves Behar's glowing crystal-shaped lamps made from FSC paper, one Swarovski crystal and one LED light, using few materials and getting maximum effect.
The centerpiece of Digital Crystal is an explosive 2000 suspended crystals chandelier by Frederikson Stallard that constantly changes shape, creating an emotional spectacle without using a single shining light.
Israeli designer Arik Levy’s interactive installation transforms human movements into explosive digitally-generated crystals.
London-based Philipe Malouin light paints intangible circular figures with LEDs reflecting on crystal beads rotating at high speed, an art piece inspired by the giant particle accelerators of the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
British Royal College of Art graduate Paul Cocksedge designed a room filled with classic diamond-shaped chandeliers by shooting 2mm-wide laser beams onto perfectly-aligned mirrors and hanging a shining crystal at its center.
Swarovski might not be easily associated with sustainability, but by constantly commissioning leading design figures to express their most radical ideas they are creating an important experimental platform for innovative manufacturing and cutting-edge technologies.
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