DUNE CLOCK, (2015)
A semi-digital hour glass using 3 million precision cut crystals. 
The double circular form references orbiting planetary bodies, the crystal's faceted structure lock together creating geometric shapes in the clock as they fall.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SOLARIS, (2015)

SOLARIS, (2015)

 

Crystal Control Panel

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CRYSTAL BINOCULARS, (2015) A tool for exploration, excavated from the crystal planet.

CRYSTAL BINOCULARS, (2015)
A tool for exploration, excavated from the crystal planet.

 
 
 

DUNE TABLE, (2015)
Miniature dunes are created using sound vibrations revealing the planet's shifting landscape. The table is made from Glass Foam, which originates from the same material as crystals yet having the opposite quality of light absorption, coarseness and sound proofing.

 
 
 
Decorative patterns created with sound vibrations

Decorative patterns created with sound vibrations

 
 
 

Terraforming depicts a crystal planet that has been discovered in the galaxy. It follows a young cartographer's journey to the planet, where he engineers the environment to be habitable for humans using various tools of exploration. The Dune Clock tells the time with 3 million precision cut crystals; the minutes pass with falling crystals and the hour with the digital numbers. The Dune Table creates an array of miniature landscapes using sound frequencies ranging from 100Hz-10,000Hz demonstrating the planet's ever shifting surface.

The first ever object to be designed by man 1.7 million years ago was a flint hand axe. Flint has the same molecular structure as a crystal and they both consist of silica. The project juxtaposes the flint hand axe with the latest crystal technology; Xero chaton the world's smallest precision cut crystal measuring 0.6mm in diameter, smaller than a grain of sand.

Terraforming is a project commissioned for Designer of the Future 2015 by Swarovski at Design Miami/ Basel.

Concept & Design: Alexander Groves & Azusa Murakami
Film: Juriaan Booij
Animation: Benjamin Penaguin