An architect of light: Mario Botta's limited edition crystal vases for Lalique

Architect Mario Botta has created a limited collection of light-reflecting crystal vases for Lalique - with stunning results.

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As part of Lalique's new Art Collection, which features collaborations with contemporary artists and designers to create unique pieces for the home, Swiss architect Mario Botta has introduced the exquisite, light-reflecting Géo vase.

Botta, whose work champions crisp lines and sharp angles, refers to the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara as a source of inspiration, a Renaissance-style palace just outside of Bologna in northern Italy which was covered in 8,500 marble blocks. 

The Géo collection stands at 250 pieces in black, white or 'blue night' crystal


A spectacular centrepiece designed to bend and shape natural sunlight, the vase is patterned with prisms and has a cut-out circle at its centre which draws the eye.

The complex design and manufacturing process is as elegantly refined as the finished product.

Using a "lost wax" technique that originates from China, plaster is moulded around a wax model that melts in the kiln. Once the crystal has been added to the hollow mould, it's then left in the kiln for 20 days. 

The collection has been limited to 250 pieces with each vase signed, numbered and with its own certificate of authenticity. 

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