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Monday, August 20, 2012

When Cristal Brut 1990 “Methuselah” isnt enough - Ross Lovegrove's Liquidkristal

Helmed by designer Ross Lovegrove, the studio's oeuvre focuses on the examination of nature, and how its models, systems, and processes can inform new material applications. This project is no exception. The undulating crystal panels reference the material's once-liquid, molten state, and make use of advanced technology that Lovegrove describes as "high-precision heat transfer." The result: curving crystal walls that appear to ripple like water.

To develop the panels, Lovegrove Studio and Lasvit took large-scale distribution and densification patterns found in nature and digitally manipulated them. These patterns were then converted into complex mathematical models that controlled the thermal induction process, which determines how the glass takes shape. A highly precise temperature control is essential; it's the key to creating the panels' stunning optical effects, which are then captured by a newly developed flexible mold. The customizable panels can be used as interior partition walls, or even full-length windows, which could transform a building's facade.