Crystalline Design

Designers use crystals for multisensory installations at Design Miami

(Mark Cocksedge)

In a recent Swarovski-sponsored competition for Design Miami, designers were tasked with using crystal to contemplate the “quality of interaction between people and design.” The three winning projects—whose works are listed below—all have a unique take on crystalline design.

<i>Unda</i> by Anjali Srinivasan (Mark Cocksedge)

Unda by Anjali Srinivasan (Mark Cocksedge)

The first designer, Anjali Srinivasan, was inspired by “human gesture.” She created a wave of small crystals and glass pieces that are illuminated by touch-activated LEDs. The wave is 5.24 feet in width and 6 inches length. There are 5,000 glass pieces paired alongside 3,000 Swarovski crystals; 1,500 crystals can illuminate when touched.

<i>Currents</i> by Studio Brynjar & Veronika (Mark Cocksedge)

Currents by Studio Brynjar & Veronika (Mark Cocksedge)

The second installation, by Studio Brynjar & Veronika, shows “natural light in conversation with crystal.” Several sticks made with crystal, along with other refractive surfaces, all interact with light to cast delicate shadows.

<i>Sharevari</i> by Yuri Suzuki (Mark Cocksedge)

Sharevari by Yuri Suzuki (Mark Cocksedge)

The third installation is by sound artist Yuri Suzuki and it explores the acoustic qualities of crystals. Suzuki created a device that plays crystals of different sizes: by hitting them with metal, a pure resonant sound is created.

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