Conceptual designer Eyal Burstein has created a Plexiglas bench and three cast-concrete and metal chairs - part handmade art and part machine produced design - that are influenced by the shape of classic Swarovski Chaton-cut crystals.
Beta, on display at Design Miami/Basel 2012, showcases Burstein's exploration of the relationship between client and designer. It reflects the eclectic relationships Swarovski Crystal Palace has developed with material and manufacturing experts in order to innovate and experiment with the medium of crystal.
Burstein's choice of materials, Plexiglas, cast-concrete and metal 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.
Says Burstein, "In creating Beta I've had the opportunity to continue challenging the bureaucracy that distinguishes between art and design, compromising the opportunities for innovation."
Swarovski is celebrating a decade of Swarovski Crystal Palace this year. In addition to Beta at Design Miami/Basel Swarovski is also working with London's Design Museum on Digital Crystal, an exhibition coming in September 2012 challenging a new generation of designers to examine the future of memory in the digital age.
Photos: James Harris.