gwenael nicolas: 'sparks' for swarovski crystal palace gwenael nicolas: 'sparks' for swarovski crystal palace
apr 22, 2010

gwenael nicolas: 'sparks' for swarovski crystal palace

gwenael nicolas: ‘sparks’ for swarovski crystal palace‘chain light’ illuminated image © designboom



during this year’s milan design week, gwenael nicolas of japanese design studio curiosity, presented ‘sparks’, an installation for swarovski crystal palace in milan’s zona tortona. nicolas imagined a space where crystals are freed from the draw of gravity. this was executed through his piece ‘chain light’, a 10 meter long string of crystals that was programmed to set off ‘sparks’ which leapt across the room, the gemstones becoming as weightless as air.


gwenael nicolas with his sparkling ‘chain light’ portrait © designboom


detail of the crystal elements which make up the chain image © designboom


light shooting across the chain of crystals image © designboom





‘chain light’ rendering


‘chain light’ rendering


nicolas’ ‘sparks’ also included ‘balloon’, a series of pieces which appeared as if they were ‘non-objects’. free floating, transparent spheres appeared as small floating crystal sculptures lit from within – particles of light and crystal, flying around space.


‘balloon’, objects lit from within floating around


‘balloon’ installation




gwenael nicolas has been appointed show designer of the upcoming tokyo designers week 2010.


  • “…imagined a space where crystals are freed from the draw of gravity.” Someone does not understand gravity. A catenary results from the effects of gravity.

    mr pink says:
  • Right, mr pink, the sparks are actually confined by gravity, not freed — which is rather Einsteinian.

    Tom P says:
  • So he stuck some crystals on a plastic tube, put a light in it, and called it a day. And who is going to hang jagged pieces of glass across their living room?

    nome says:
  • The renders look much nicer than the outcome!

    oops says:
  • obviously, the crystals cannot float in a controlled space.
    imagine a dark room, in which crystals are illuminated by a rhythmic pattern
    initiated by a computer program.

    the darkness was enhanced by the lit crystals,
    giving a spatial effect which made them appear as if they were freed from gravity.
    having been in the space, the resulting installation I’m sure was very similar to what he imagined.

    andrea / designboom says:
  • I want to buy one of these! how can I?

    Brent/ Brent V Media says:
  • “nicolas imagined a space where crystals are freed from the draw of gravity.”, he did not design a space where crystals are freed from the draw of gravity.. Imagining means he used it as a source of inspiration, this is art. Try to follow his thought and see if you can also imagine the crystals to be freed of the draw of gravity, then you understand the beauty in it.

    Thijs Roumen says:
  • c’est magnifique!!

    mzellemo says:

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