Crystal Shift/Crystal Twist by Floris Wubben

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Studio Floris Wubben is known for its ceramic work, yet their newest design project is made of the material HI-MACS. For this project, Floris Wubben researched the material – a combination of minerals and acryl – which led to a collection of hanging lighting objects. Crystal Shift is developed in collaboration with Baars & Bloemhoff and will be first exhibited during Dutch Design Week at Broeinest in Eindhoven. During the research process, Wubben discovered he could tear the matter apart after heating it with a self-developed heating tool. This brings the core to the surface, giving the lighting objects an organic and rough character. The integrated LED strips amplify the translucent material properties.

For the Crystal Twist collection, Studio Floris Wubben developed a series of lamps made of acrylic stone. This material is a combination of minerals and acrylate that is normally used for the production of sleek surfaces. Floris Wubben used it to produce lamps with a raw and organic character. During the design process he discovered that the material can be torn apart when it is heated. This brings the hidden core to the surface.
Crystal Twist involves fracturing two long strands of acrylic stone and intertwining them. This is achieved with a self-constructed tool that stretches the material around a mould. Superimposing different strands generates an interplay of structure and colour. The Crystal Twist series is composed of lamps in various formats and looks that are produced using HI-MACS acrylic stone. The collection has been developed in collaboration with Baars & Bloemhoff. Crystal Twist is being unveiled at Milan Design Week.