contemporary screen / glass / by Ross Lovegrove
LASVIT LIQUIDKRISTAL by Ross Lovegrove
by Ross Lovegrove
Lasvit Liquidkristal (LLK), designed by Ross Lovegrove is a new product from Lasvit's Glass Architecture Division. Lasvit 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. LLK 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 developed a special flexible mold system to capture this effect.