Mood ring: Sublime halos at Swarovski installation

03 : 01 : 2013 Architecture : Ice : Sunlight

Miami – British designer Asif Khan created an installation for Design Miami/ that transplanted the atmospheric phenomenon of the ice halo, usually seen in northern skies, to sunnier latitudes.

Parhelia by Asif Khan for Swarovski Crystal Palace at Design Miami 2012 Parhelia by Asif Khan for Swarovski Crystal Palace at Design Miami 2012
Parhelia by Asif Khan for Swarovski Crystal Palace at Design Miami 2012 Parhelia by Asif Khan for Swarovski Crystal Palace at Design Miami 2012

Parhelia, created for Swarovski Crystal Palace, scales up the brand, which is normally associated with jewellery and decorative objects, to the level of architecture. Taking the pared-down shape of a house as a starting point, the installation consists of more than 1.3m crystals that refract light like airborne ice particles.

The halos shift and change along the surface of the house, following visitors as they move. A skylight also allows natural light to influence the halo throughout the day.

The minimal design approach ensures that, despite the richness of the crystal-studded surface, attention is drawn directly to the effects of the light.

Mixing calming visual cues with themes inspired by science, Parhelia was part of a Sublimity Lab theme that we described in our Design Miami/ review.

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