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This week in Hong Kong, Swarovski reveals Marjan Van Aubel’s new solar crystal lighting that makes reducing your carbon footprint more enticing than ever. Now on view at Art Central is “Cyanometer,” a new form of lighting that combines solar power, Swarovski crystals, and contemporary aesthetics to create a collection of environmentally friendly designs.
Van Aubel, a winner of the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award, created “Cyanometer” using a portable solar cell that uses a Swarovski crystal to help harness the sun’s rays and store them as energy, which is then emitted as light that is meant to emulate the sky. The crystals used in the design are custom-made and cut meticulously at an angle that allows brighter, longer lasting, and more efficient illumination. The nine variations of Van Aubel’s designs seamlessly blend the Dutch designer’s background in science and focus on clean energy with the precision and elegance of modern day light fixtures.