IDS09: crystal clear IDS09: crystal clear
feb 10, 2009

IDS09: crystal clear

‘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.

‘a glittering vista’ by full scale + partners images © designboom yvonne 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. ‘beauty in motion’ by giannone petricone associates image © designboom

‘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.

‘celebrating nature’s design’ by brothers dressler image © designboom

‘celebrating nature’s design’ by brothers dressler image © designboom brothers 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. ‘the sky’s the limit’ by studio des carrières image © designboom

‘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.

‘the enchanted forest’ by munge leung design associates image © designboom

‘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.

‘the light fantastic’ by powell & bonnell design image © designboom

‘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.

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