For the 2009 edition of the design fair Design Miami, architect and designer Greg Lynn created the HSBC Lounge and a large installation for Swarovski Crystal Palace. Greg Lynn’s installation for Swarovski extends over 80 square metres and reaches over seven metres in heigh. The ‘walls’ and ‘ceiling’ are made of Swarovski crystal-encrusted suspended panels or “sails” where moulded, curved and billowing shapes overlap and intersect. The installation uses cutting edge technology from the sailing and shipbuilding industry. Carbon and aramid fibres are compressed between transparent sheets of Mylar to make strong, lightweight and transparent sails that are less than 1mm thick. “The sails are made to cope with massive loads from the wind,” Lynn comments. “It’s like hanging 3 SUVs off a paper thin sheet.”
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