We have a healthy suspicion of crystals but can't help but be amazed by a few of this year's projects at Swarovski's Crystal Palace in Zona Tortona. In particular, Gwenael Nicolas' Sparks was particularly impressive—a clump of crystals, acrylic, and LEDs are suspended in the middle of a clear plastic beach ball with a battery wire. The balls are filled with balloons and strewn, floating, throughout a room. Appropriately, the project is entitled "Sparks." Watch the helium crystals bounce around in the video above.
Another favorite was Tokujin Yoshioka's Stellar, a vast room with a 1m glob encrusted with crystals and LEDs. A giant Swarovski crystal, almost the size of the chandelier, grew in a vat to the side.
Yves Béhar showed next door, amplifying the structures of individual crystals onto the inside face of paper lanterns, enlarging the crystal whle keeping the pieces relatively affordable. The six different crystal shapes were arranged in a room covered in mulch—apparently, Natalie Swarovski added her own touch to the installation, spraying "fig" scent into the room.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.