I've always been a fan of them but I am now for a whole different reason. No, I don't believe they have healing powers, nor did I ever have them for those reasons, but as a child I remember the first time my dad brought me an amethyst. The contrast between it's stone-y bottom to the sparkling, glass-like and multi-tonal purple top had caught my eye that I could proudly present as an ordainment beside my bed. The nineties was a pretty sparkly time so they fit the part but how has my perception changed over a decade later?
crystal / isaac monte
Monte's collection 'Crystal' was one of my favourite collections in Dutch Design Week. Like the mycelium, we met on a few occasions in a few different locations, so they must have been someone else's favourite too. Monte speaks about how we live in a world that is fast pace with the goal of 'increased speed and efficiency' and that this has changed our perception on time. Time, therefore, has become a 'luxury product'. However, time in the natural world, has not altered much. Processes in nature are not rushed and therefore conflict society's impression of time. Monte describes these processes as 'proof of time'.
The crystals, in this representation, are a metaphor for time. In a world where we crave customization and manufacture uniqueness, nature simply achieves these wishes with the use of time. No crystal is the same but, in that same respect, no crystal is anything less that breathtaking. The colours, shapes, textures are all dependent on the time taken to create them. Like the crystals, time is precious.
Other designs and artists made use of the natural properties of crystals. The crystal lamps are not actually lamps but only appear to be so. It makes use of the reflective qualities within crystals that create the illusion of light within them. Other designer looked at environmental changes and how this can steer the aesthetic of the crystal.
Overall, they do not need a hidden agenda or meaning. The delicate aesthetic of crystals emulates the beauty capable by nature that we often overlook or ignore. They are a perfect representation of processes within nature and the incredible outcome the natural world is capable of.
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