Swarovski and Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE)/ El Sol
Long-term partner Swarovski returns to Design Miami/ with another iconic installation that reinforces the crystal brand’s commitment to supporting designers and expanding the vocabulary of the design world. For Design Miami/ 2015, Swarovski commissions Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE), the Mexico City-based global architecture and design practice, to create an installation that explores humankind’s relationship with the sun.
Titled El Sol, the installation is a vast geodesic structure, designed to scale, one billion times smaller than the sun, and composed of 2,880 custom–made precision-cut Swarovski crystals. FR-EE’s Founder and Creative Director Fernando Romero found inspiration for his design in the sacred geometry used by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans in constructing their pyramids, which were built as a means to monitor celestial events. Romero endeavors to pay homage to this legacy while also employing modern technologies in creating the structure, which required over 350 hours of engineering work and three months of design and technical development at Swarovski’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria.
El Sol features a smooth outer surface made up of an intricate puzzle of four different types of specially-developed crystals covered in Swarovski’s unique Aurora Borealis coating. Faceted internally, the crystals augment the light emitted from the installation’s core; a spherical pool of LEDs whose light is refracted by the facets.
Visitors of the installation are provided with a specially developed crystal lens for their phone’s camera that refracts light, creating a prism-like, kaleidoscopic effect.