Arik Levy - Osmosis
Arik Levy – Osmosis, comprehensively documents Levy's design collaboration with Swarovski which was exhibited at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April 2009.
The book follows the journey from creator Arik Levy’s initial thoughts on the concept, through to the installation of the exhibition, and includes enlightening theoretical analysis alongside images and exploratory texts about each of the pieces that made up the installation. Osmosis allowed internationally acclaimed Levy to reassess not only Swarovski Crystal Palace, but Swarovski crystal itself.
Rather than following the established path of inventing ever more sumptuous and dazzling versions of chandeliers, he steered Crystal Palace towards a series of installations based on the chaton, the most emblematic of crystal cuts that often bears the label ‘diamond’ cut. In so doing, he created a techno-ethnic experience and moves the spotlight from the crystals themselves into a metaphor and to the highly skilled and technical precision cutting that makes their existence possible. ‘Swarovski is, above all, about technology. The crystal is the sparkling and poetic result of the company’s heritage, innovation and skill’.