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In the manner of a parable of perfection and imperfection, Danish designer Louise Campbell has dissipated the sacred aura of crystal and has created the Nervous Zénith chandelier, for 2013.
Assembling loosely according to the classic Zénith working drawings, but using specially designed distorted prisms, and time and time again permitting emotions to overrule given systems, the result resembles the Zénith as we know it, yet turns it on its head. Campbell’s object was more to play with the infinite possibilities that crystal offers, than to adhere to traditional covenants. The Nervous Zénith is cautious, and features a flickering candle amongst the glittering lights of the electrified chandelier—just in case. The chandelier leans gently to one side, as though reaching for something just outside of its reach. It is thoughtful and understanding, with a myriad of small, deliberate “imperfections”—just like the people admiring it. Simply put, the Nervous Zénith is little more human.