Yves Béhar's Paper Chandelier Powered by Crystal Light

Low-cost and made of paper, the design is meant to democratize one of the symbols of high-class bling.

Yves Béhar and Fuseproject have been busy this week: Fresh from unveiling a super-green shoebox for Puma, they've sent FastCompany.com their newest project, Amplify, a chandelier concept created for Swarovski.

The crystal company usually commissions insanely expensive, one off pieces for Milan--you can see some of this year's works here and here--but Fuseproject chose another path. Rather than creating something so expensive that no one can possibly ever buy it, they created a crystal chandelier that was sustainable and "accessible to all."

They did that by using a single crystal to refract the light from a low-energy LED. The glittering refractions form the crystal are then captured, using a faceted paper shade. Thus, you get the optical impact of a big fancy chandelier, without the massive cost, materials expense, and labor.

 

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