At this year’s Design Miami/Basel, Swarovski Crystal Palace celebrates it’s tenth year with a project called “Beta”, which is a series of furniture inspired by Swarovski crystal.
The project, designed by conceptual designer Eyal Burstein, includes a Plexiglas bench and three cast-concrete and metal chairs. Each piece is influenced by the shape of classic Swarovski Chaton-cut crystals.
Burstein’s choice of materials for Beta also explores the transparent and reflective properties of crystal. The translucent Plexiglas makes the bench shimmer like crystal and each of the concrete chairs illuminate their space thanks to an LED light that is set within the metal Chaton-shaped frame in their back.
“Working with Swarovski Crystal Palace has provided new horizons for me to explore and has been a fertile ground for a free flow of ideas. In creating Beta I’ve had the opportunity to continue challenging the bureaucracy that distinguishes between art and design, compromising the opportunities for innovation,” Burstein said.
12-17 June 2012
Image Credit: Beta by Eyal Burstein for Swarovski Crystal Palace, ©James Harris. Used with permission.