Wednesday, 20 February 2013

One read leads to another...

Marwood studio is currently 'on location'. It works well. It means more space, thoughts, fresh air and somehow more hours in the day. This creates the perfect time for researching and reviving -  getting ready for the next season. 

Reading an old copy of Gentlewoman meant coming across Asif Khan's name again today. It was an interesting interview with his fellow architect/collaborator, Pernilla Ohrstedt. Working on a freelance design job a couple of years ago meant we worked in the same studio as Asif. His screensaver image was intriguing at the time and much more interesting than the job in hand. It turns out it was this image...

Harvest by Asif Khan 

His work seemed busy, exciting and as already mentioned... intriguing. We love collaborating at Marwood... Pernilla said it well when she said that she prefers sharing ideas, creating something with someone else. Projects we have created with others (Russell Weekes, Sam Kerr, E-i-B, Other Shop... and others to come in 2013) have always held more heart in a way.

So, just out of appreciation.. here are some beautiful images of the latest collaboration that Asif Khan has worked on with Swarovski. Link here for more - a lot more. Enjoy. Be inspired. We were.

This immersive installation, designed in collaboration with Swarovski Crystal Palace, explores the relationship between the refractive qualities of crystal, light, nature and architecture. Inspired by the optical properties of water particles in the sky, which form ice crystals, the installation recreates the illusion of the 'ice halo' phenomenon in the sub-tropical climate of Miami Beach. Atmospheric phenomena such as ice halos, were used as part of weather lore as an empirical means of weather forecasting before meteorology was developed.
Parhelia, derived from the Greek for "Beside the Sun", incorporates over 1 million Swarovski crystals in an architectural structure nearly 6m high and features crystallised halos that appear to move about the exhibition space. Inside the structure, a geometric design is reflected infinitely in the honeycomb crystal panelling. A skylight allows natural light to interact with the architecture, thereby creating a dynamic visual display that changes from day to night. Parhelia explores the sensory influence of crystal, and their phototropic effect on humans.

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