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The Hope Chandelier is Made of Polycarbonate Sheets

 - Jan 29, 2012
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One look at the Hope chandelier designed by artists Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto, and you'd be hard-pressed to think that this astoundingly beautiful light piece was made from something other than glass. But oh, it is. The two designers have reinterpreted the classic chandelier through the use of polycarbonate sheets that mimic the look of glass.

While traditional fixtures like this were made from handblown glass and crystals, the Hope chandelier was made by manipulating polycarbonate sheets in such a way so as to emit the optical qualities of solid glass, describes the designers. They refer to the resulting sheets as "meta-crystal," due to their ability to capture and refract light. The designers further combined the meta-crystals together using stems, arranging them to ensure the best diffusion of light possible.