Acclaimed in the design world as a ‘champion of the supernormal,’ Naoto Fukasawa once again proceeds to wow us – this time with his exciting lighting design for Swarovski , the all too well-known purveyor of crystals. Aptly dubbed Cosmos 1 and 2, Fukasawa’s electroluminescent lights generate the impression of illuminated ‘after-images” when one utilizes them to draw circles in the air. The effect was literally blinding when Fukasawa lit up the Swarovski Crystal Palace in London during Design Week last year by studding the route of the ‘after-images’ with, what else, a line of Swarovski crystals. Fukasawa, who was reportedly pleased with the results, said “It is as if the light comes from the stick of wizards.”

Based in Tokyo, Fukasawa is a long-time furniture and interior designer, lecturer in the product design department of Musashino Art University and Tama Art University, and a member of the Advisory Board for Quality Design and of the Strategic Design Research Society of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Naoto Fukasawa’s portable wall-hung CD player for Muji is widely regarded in design circles as a low-tech innovation.


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  1. sulis chang March 12, 2007 at 12:42 am

    I think it is still a great design, eventhough we might be able to find the wire and stuff in Walmart… it’s the idea that counts right? I think, for him to be able to come up with that kind of lighting effect, he does something revolutionary in lighting industry. However, it’s a shame that we can’t really see the brilliance sparkle of swarovski crystal there??

    Another thing..for the creator of this blog, would you consider to have a link to my website? Please check out my website and see if you are interested. I own a lighting store in Bali and I have many customers buying from me worldwide, from U.S, Japan, Europe etc. Thanks! Great blog!

  2. aaron February 3, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Mmmm, yeah…You can buy that EL wire stuff at any Walmart or automotive store. It’s really not that bright. I’m guessing this would only be pretty in near total darkness and would make a very nice night light. Don’t think I’d like the looks of it in my well lit livingroom, besides the sparkle of the smattering of crystals.

  3. yael February 2, 2007 at 11:18 am

    my first impression was that of a digital onscreen wireframe model. I was really surprised to see it was actually a photo of a physical object.

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