Art Basel Miami: Architect Greg Lynn for Swarovski Crystal Palace at Design Miami





I am looking forward to Design Miami again this year, especially since architect Greg Lynn, was asked to create the installation for this years Swarovski Crystal Palace . I just got the press release today and here is the edited version:

"..when Swarovski contacted me, I immediately thought of the translucent laminate sails as a way of getting the crystals suspended in the air - not as an object but as a sheet or surface through which light could pass and be reflected. Like the chandeliers the array would be diaphanous but with their curved surfaces these ‘fabrics’ could also define spaces and make enclosures in the form of suspended ceilings, room partitions or even walls,” said Lynn.

Swarovski comprises two major businesses, one producing and selling loose elements to the industry and the other creating design-driven finished products. Swarovski crystal components, known by their product brand names CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements for fashion and STRASS® Swarovski® Crystal for architecture and light, have become an essential ingredient of international design.

Now in its eighth year, Swarovski Crystal Palace has worked with some of the world’s foremost and collectable designers including Zaha Hadid, Yvés Behar, Studio Job, Ross Lovegrove, Tom Dixon, Ron Arad, Tokujin Yoshioka and Fernando and Humberto Campana.

This year’s Design Miami, located in Miami's Design District, runs from 1 – 5 December 2009.