Liquidkristal by Ross Lovegrove for Lasvit

April 23, 2012

British designer Ross Lovegrove has created the Liquidkristal architectural glass walls for Lasvit, a glass manufacturer based in the Czech Republic.


Liquidkristal is the result of an innovative process that the designer defines as “high precision heat transfer.” Lovegrove worked with Lasvit for more than a year to create the mobile, changing surfaces, inspired by the fluid, organic forms found in nature. The company deployed its most advanced technology to produce the transparent, undulating crystal panels, which appear dynamic, changing, capable of transmuting their shapes in a futuristic kaleidoscope.

Lovegrove notes, “There is a magic in glass in the way light and transparency are captured in the fusing process, one moment liquid, the next solid. This is something that can be harnessed and predicted in the meeting of design, physics and technology.”

The are several uses of this new surface, ranging from pavilions in interior and exterior environments, such as divisions in public spaces or boutiques, to partition walls or large, spectacular full length windows capable of transforming a building’s architecture.

Lasvit Liquidkristal by Ross Lovegrove combines technology and design to create a new architectural product, replacing the enormous monotony typical of large glass structures with natural surfaces and their abundant variety, richness and coherence. Via fluid dynamics, Lovegrove Studio and Lasvit digitally explored large-scale distribution and densification of patterns found in nature. Working with mathematical models, the behavior of glass was simulated under controlled thermo induction. This produced a highly informed line code, which serves as the blueprint for the production process, where highly precise temperature control imbues the glass surface with the beauty of optical effects seen in water. Working with Lovegrove, Lasvit’s research facilities, led by Tomá Kamenec, developed a special flexible mold system to capture this effect. The finished product is highly customisable, allowing large-scale pattern aggregations over multiple sheets. At the Triennale these panels form a spatial experience where the ceiling is used for projections and reveals the digital beauty of natural observation.

Visit the Lasvit website – here.