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Glittering Pieces

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Every year in Milan, Swarovski presents its Crystal Palace; of course, everything shines and glitters, but it's more than that. It's also a yearly showcase of manufacturing or technological feats, magical, mysterious or simply beautiful pieces that make us sigh with amazement.

British designer Paul Cocksedge created Veil, an enormous curtain made of crystal rings that, when viewed through a convex mirror, reveals the portrait of the Mona Lisa.

Designers from the Swedish design group Front did some Random work by merging hot liquid crystal with coloured crystals, creating a series of unique pieces.

In keeping with her unique formal vocabulary, architect Zaha Hadid created the Ré light fixture, a vortex comprising wires and crystals that represent the fragmentation of exploding matter.

La Cupola from Piero Lissoni explores the depth of light (which sometimes changes colour) when reflected in crystal.

The flamboyant Belgian designer Arne Quinze chose sculptural and elliptical forms that encase clusters of brilliant lights.

The Fredrikson Stallard duo showed furnishings made from simple materials and in simple shapes: wood, leather or concrete, but with hidden cavities lined with thousands of small precious stones. 

Studio Job likes to add its own twist to traditional objects, and so it covered a 175-cm in diameter globe of the earth with 500,000 crystals of all colours.

Marcus Tremonto's Double Solo is a chandelier made with electro-luminescent wires embedded in a mirror and running through it.

Tokujin Yoshioka presented Eternal, a limited series of 41 pieces of transparent acrylic blocks, each housing a giant crystal.

And finally, Marcel Wanders' full installation was a mural, created in collaboration with Bisazza, encrusted with crystal tiles and which serves as a background for three shower chandeliers that are positively decadent.