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Mangrove Forest: Eduardo Banderas G. |

Voronoi’s Cell: Guilherme Torres

Design Miami 2013


#DesignMiami : SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PALACE x BRAZILIAN ARCHITECT                                                                         GUILHERME TORRES

For Design Miami 2013, Swarovski Crystal Palace has commissioned award-winning, Brazilian architect and designer Guilherme Torres to create an installation inspired by water conservation and stewardship. The importance of water as a resource in the crystal making process led to the creation of the Swarovski Waterschool in 1999. Currently active in many countries worldwide, the Swarovski Waterschool program will expand to Brazil in 2014 to teach school-aged children about water conservation.

Mangue Groove

Titled Mangue Groove, this experimental architectural installation will be unveiled at Design Miami/, December 4 – 8, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are delighted to be working with Guilherme Torres to create our Swarovski Crystal Palace for Design Miami this year.”

Torres’ built environment occurs at the intersection of the natural, architectural and mathematical spheres. Inspired by Brazilian mangrove forests and the Voronoi diagram (in which space is divided into a number of cells with corresponding focal points), the structure will mathematically explore the balance between nature and science.

Mangrove forests – mangue in Portuguese – have long been considered emblematic of Brazil’s natural beauty and are essential for protecting coastal environments. Torres has deliberately placed the mangrove at the heart of his concept in order to draw attention to the growing conversation around the preservation of Brazil’s endangered aquatic ecosystems.

Torres’s design will incorporate Swarovski’s lead-free Advanced Crystal  that will fill synthetic tubes, linked by geometric joints and lit with energy efficient LEDs. The structure itself will resemble a mangrove forest, with the joints at intervals throughout the space that follow the naturally occurring Voronoi diagram. Visitors will navigate through the space by walking on pathways of certified and reclaimed wood, in between the rising mangrove structures positioned above a shallow pool. Torres’s concept will artistically reflect Swarovski’s commitment to conservation.

Swarovski LED

“I am always studying nature and science – these are things that fascinate me!” says Torres. “Mathematics is part of my creative process and I feel privileged to be working with Swarovski Crystal Palace. This project has allowed me to think outside of the box and explore the combination of crystals, nature and science.”

To maximize the interplay between the varied shapes and materials, Mangue Groove will be an immersive experience, experimenting with the introduction of light and sound. Each day at 5:00pm, a dynamic mixture of light patterns and sound recordings will slowly grow in movement and tempo, until the environment is marked by the symbols of an Amazonian sunset.

“Torres’ piece is a reflection on the topic of conserving natural resources, a central theme of Swarovski’s newly created foundation. He has brought to life the powerful but fragile beauty of Brazil’s endangered mangrove forests in a resonantly beautiful and inspiring work, continuing his design vision with Swarovski crystal,” says Nadja Swarovski.

A once in a lifetime experience that is definitely on my Design Miami 2013 list to be seen !

More details here…

London Design Festival


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God is in the Details for Swarovski during the London Design Festival 2013,©David Levene (640x427)



Imagine if you were given access to one of the greatest museums in the world and were told to pick out those items whose details you were drawn to using specialist lenses crafted by the famed Swarovski company, what would you choose ?

That is the goal of the team of leading designers, architects, jewellers  and artists featured in The London Design Festival’s extraordinary collaboration with Swarovski for their “God Is In The Details” Exhibition at the V&A Museum.

As the press release states:
“Swarovski is collaborating with the London Design Festival to challenge fashion photographer Nick Knight, architect Amanda Levete,industrial designers Marc Newson,Michael Anastassiades, Tord Boontje, Ross Lovegrove, Paul Cocksedge, Ilse Crawford, Tom Dixon, Stuart Haygarth ,graphic designer Frith Kerr, furniture and interiors designer Faye Toogood, jewellery designer Stephen Webster and fashion designer Osman Yousefzada to reveal their chosen treasures from the V&A’s galleries in a new light.

The project, entitled “God is in the Details”, takes the famous phrase coined by legendary German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as a starting point to explore the theme of detail by using Swarovski lenses to magnify objects from the V&A’s extensive collections.Forming a multi-site exhibition within the V&A’s galleries, the Festival hub venue, the participants, all leaders in their disciplines, have each selected an object, a combination of objects or a gallery view from within the V&A and will use Swarovski specialist lenses to focus on a detail – revealing highlights or curiosities within its design.”

Here is video on how Faye Toogood made her selection…

For more videos on how the other members of this illustrious team made their decisions, click here ! This is a definite must see for all those attending the London Design Festival this year.

*Images courtesy of London Design Festival