Swarovski Produces Custom Crystal Encrusted Walls by David Brbaklic
For all you Swarovski crystal lovers – a new innovative product has arrived from the company’s architecture division – crystal encrusted walls. The product is called Honeycomb – a name that refers to the panels’ structure. It consists of polycarbonate lightweight cells that can hold one crystal each – a maximum total of approximately 23 000 crystals per square meter. When light shines upon the wall, it refracts trough the crystals releasing a full spectrum of colors. For that purpose, LED and fiber optic lights are added to the combination.
The crystals take the shape of a 6mm bead and come in various combinations such as: Crystal, Silver Shade, Golden Teak, Jet and Blue AB. The Honeycomb comes in two colors – black and transparent, while other color combinations are available on request, as every honeycomb panel is custom made according to the buyer’s needs. Thanks to the special arrangement of Honeycomb cells, various depth effects and light circles can be achieved according to the viewer’s distance and angle of view.
Photo: Instablogsimages, Jimonlight
Although the system sounds interesting with the LED and fiber optics involved and all the light refraction going on, I must say I am not even slightly pleased with the looks of it – I might even say it’s the ultimate of high end kitsch. On the other hand, putting crystals on a wall sounded ridiculous from the very beginning, right?