‘a glittering vista’ by full scale + partners image © designboom

running down the main corridor at the interior design show was a series of tall and sparkling installations by six design teams. the six canadian teams were each commissioned to create works which utilized CRYSTALIZED™- Swarovski elements and STRASS® Swarovski® crystals. the teams were comprised of a diverse group of designers who ranged in backgrounds from furniture design to pure architecture. this range of diversity made for an equally diverse set of installations.

IDS09: crystal clear‘a glittering vista’ by full scale + partners images © designboomyvonne ho and jenny lee of full scale + partners created a multi-faceted crystal landscape for their installation. crystal like white forms jut out from the floor, each featuring different crystal treatments on top. one is a jagged rock like treatment, while another is a soft snowy crystal bed. the various elements show off the diversity of the crystals and different moods they can evoke.IDS09: crystal clear‘beauty in motion’ by giannone petricone associates image © designboom

IDS09: crystal clear‘beauty in motion’ by giannone petricone associates image © designboom

the principal architects of giannone petricone associates, ralph giannone and pina petricone, have titled their crystal installation ‘cyclorama’. this hanging chandelier uses light to project a series of crystal patterns on a textile shade. the interior column spins around, altering the patterns as it moves.

IDS09: crystal clear ‘celebrating nature’s design’ by brothers dressler image © designboom

IDS09: crystal clear ‘celebrating nature’s design’ by brothers dressler image © designboombrothers dressler is the collaborative practice of furniture designers and brothers jason and lars dressler. the duo used their installation to create a tree-like structure that explored the merging of manmade and natural worlds. using bent wood segments, their design partially hangs from the ceiling and partially sits on the ground. the branch-like segments stem from the central light fixture and are adorned with strings of crystals that look like drips of water.IDS09: crystal clear‘the sky’s the limit’ by studio des carrières image © designboom

IDS09: crystal clear‘the sky’s the limit’ by studio des carrières image © designboom

studio des carrières is the montréal based practice of architect and designer jacques bilodeau. for his installation, bilodeau created a 12-foot high totem that combines crystals, stainless steel and black aluminium rings. these various elements have been intertwined together to create a vine-like trellis. the full totem is lit form above and below to add dimension to the work.

IDS09: crystal clear‘the enchanted forest’ by munge leung design associates image © designboom

IDS09: crystal clear‘the enchanted forest’ by munge leung design associates image © designboom

alessandro munge and sai leung comprise munge leung design associates, a toronto-based design firm. the team created a forest-inspired installation for their space, crafting a branch silhouette wrapper to surround a glowing rope swing within. the ropes of the swing are lit and adorned with crystals to further enhance the magical like quality of their design.

IDS09: crystal clear‘the light fantastic’ by powell & bonnell design image © designboom

IDS09: crystal clear‘the light fantastic’ by powell & bonnell design image © designboom

david powell and fenwick bonnell created a multi-story crystal chandelier for their installation. using crystals, light and water, the team created a design which appears to be flying down to the ground. a stream of crystals appears to be drifting off the main ball of light, while a series of rings reflects the light around.