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Crystals Offer New Look for Home Design

February 18, 2014

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A CLUSTER OF CYSTALS on one’s coffee table can easily signify hippie-dippiedom. But that’s no longer the rule: Tastemakers have begun using crystals and minerals to accessorize upscale interiors and furnishings—think agate-geode bookends and quartz-bejeweled bibelots. The Brazilian design duo Fernando and Humberto Campana, for instance, studded a minimalist glass cabinet with meteorlike chunks of amethyst for a recent exhibition. Countertop specialist Caesarstone is offering agate and dumortierite panels with its Concetto collection. Meanwhile, designer Kelly Wearstler’s latest collection of objects includes a selenite-and-brass figurine and a tick-tack-toe set adorned with pyrite and rose quartz. “I often mix raw minerals with refined metals in my products and interiors,” said Ms. Wearstler. “Crystals are nature’s jewelry, the embodiment of luxury in the raw—I love playing with that

So does Chicago designer Suzanne Lovell, whose reputation for tailored interiors belies an enthusiasm for crystals. For years, her New York office had a direct view into quirky mineral superstore Astro Gallery of Gems. “I always thought, I could make those look so elegant,” Ms. Lovell said. On a purely decorative level, she likes how they inject color and light into a space: “Their translucency adds brilliance—it dances.” Tactility, of course, adds to their appeal.

No one knows that better than Mark Shedrofsky, a proprietor of Architectural Minerals, an upscale purveyor of earth crystals and gems. His light-filled Irvington, N.Y., storefront is a veritable petting zoo of honeycomb calcite, stibnite clusters and double-terminated smoky quartz. “We think it’s a good thing that people can touch here,” Mr. Shedrofsky said. Although serious collectors don’t blink at dropping six figures on a piece they’ll safeguard behind glass, he steers the average customer to more livable pieces. “On a retail level,” he said, “we focus on relatively affordable pieces like calcite, fluorite and pyrite that people can have out in a living room or office.”

“Price-conscious Labradorite has an appealing iridescence,” he said. “And the quartz category—which includes amethysts, chalcedonys, agates and petrified woods—has a lot to offer since they’re so strong and hard to break.” He’s also begun incorporating crystals into cocktail tables, lamps, bowls and votives. “When decorating, people have a limited number of spots, and the lamp takes up one of them,” he said. “Using a mineral specimen as a lamp base is more practical for many clients.”

Practicality doesn’t concern Michael Reynolds, a Manhattan-based design editor who adorns his East Village apartment with large, almost boulder-like crystals from around the world. “I find them very powerful in their crudest, raw form,” said Mr. Reynolds, who often uses natural specimens in photo shoots for clients like Calvin Klein Home. In his own abode, he pairs these ancient ephemera with contemporary furnishings by Wendell Castle and Jeff Zimmerman. “Juxtaposing a million-year-old mineral specimen with a modern table creates an intriguing dialogue. People are looking past the whole ‘Ladies of the Canyon’ stigma and getting to a more profound understanding.” There’s a reason, he added, that they’ve been coveted for millennia: “Crystals are flat-out sexy.”


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