Crystalized by SOFTlab

 

Design studio SOFTlab, have created “Crystalized,” a sculpture that hangs in a New York City shoe boutique.

 

Crystalized by SOFTlab

The designer’s description

The crystalline structure we have created for Melissa’s NYC store is inspired by their Winter 2015 collection, Star Walker. Crystals are both highly refined structures and yet primitive. They can be found everywhere, but are anything but ordinary. Much like the shoes in Melissa’s Sky Walker collection, the ordered asymmetry of crystalline structures always inspires beauty.

Crystalized by SOFTlab

Inspired by both the shoes and crystals, we have produced an immersive installation that looks different from every angle. We have taken advantage of the irregularities in the overall form of the installation to turn Melissa’s NYC store into a kaleidoscope of color and light.

Crystalized by SOFTlab

By cladding the complex aluminum structure with dichroic acrylic, the piece changes color and reflectivity as visitors move around it. By lighting the pieces from within the large crystalline structures will cast colored light onto the white store using it as a canvas.

Crystalized by SOFTlab

The installation acts as both a spectacular form and a giant lantern creating a landscape of color, filling the store with an otherworldly atmosphere.

Crystalized by SOFTlab

The structure is lightweight compared to its large volume. Using the principles of both crystal growth and soap bubbles the piece appears to have grown in the store.

Crystalized by SOFTlab

Overall the structure is made of over 50 unique cells and over 400 pieces of custom cut aluminum. Although the pieces are all flat they come together to form a complex three dimensional assembly. All of the parts were labeled and the individual cells were pre-assembled off site and then combined in the store.

Crystalized by SOFTlab

The dichroic acrylic was used in tandem with this cell like structure to take advantage of the variation in panel angles. The dichroic film causes interference in light depending on the angle of view creating planes in a range of color much like light passing through a crystal.

Crystalized by SOFTlab

Photography by Alan Tansey

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