Shimmering Sea

Client: Swarovski

Location: Euroluce Booth, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

Date: 2015

Material: Swarovski Crystal, Mirrored Stainless Steel, Moving head LED spotlights

Dimensions: 4 m (13.1´) x 15,25 m (50´)

Creating an immersive exhibit experience for Milan trade fair

Water is the element of nature that crystal most emulates. Whether the sparkle of sunlight on the ocean or the refraction of light through ice, water is by far the greatest inspiration for those designing with glass and crystal. The challenge was to create an entirely new exploration of this connection to nature in an installation that worked effectively for the constraints of a temporary trade fair booth. The installation had to be able to be installed within a day and disassembled in half that time.


Installation Design: Event

Experience Design


To achieve this required a collaboration with the talents of parametric designer, Lisa Marks, and mechanical engineer, James Montefusco. The entire installation is made with one hexagonal tile structured in such a way that the connections of the tiles create a robust frame that enables the entire structure to be shaped into an organic form with suspension cables.

Strategically placed moving head RGB LED lights project a shifting pattern onto the ceiling of cool blues and violets, while white light downlights also project a much softer water pattern onto the floor and the visitors below. The crystal encrusted, mirrored surface acts as pattern screen, and the “skin” of the water above.

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“Like the play of light on the waves of the sea, Shimmering Sea suggests with its sparkling reflections feelings of both wellbeing and freedom, thanks to the various light sources that work to transform and abstract it into a crystal medley of watery art.” - Domus magazine



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