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Awarded at Design Parade festival at  Hyeres, France, Le Chant des Quartz by young designer Laura Couto Rosado genuinely makes three crystals sing by harnessing their piezoelectric properties. The relatively simple process coaxes a sonorous vibrancy out from rock crystals; thanks to glass speakers, the notes are amplified as a form of life.

"Le Chant des Quartz" Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

“Le Chant des Quartz” Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

“The project is magical, not because it is technically advanced, but because it reveals the poetry inherent in existing technology.” Comment Laura Couto Rosado.

"Le Chant des Quartz" Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

“Le Chant des Quartz” Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

Indeed Le Chant des Quartz is composed by a frequency generator connected to an amplifier and a transformer and makes use of an almost forgotten physical property. The project plays with the paradox between the demystification of a misappropriated technology and the magic of a singing crystal.

"Le Chant des Quartz" Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

“Le Chant des Quartz” Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.


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“It is also a question of a change of outlook: electronics may now be considered a material for both design and expression -on an equal level with wood or ceramics- and no longer simply as applied physics” Says Couto Rosado.

Indeed quartz has been one of the first raw material used by the first human beings and primitive cultures superstitiously believed it had magical properties. Today it is used in many of the most advanced technologies. With Le Chant des Quartz Laura Couto Rosado aimed to “show how beautiful and poetic our technology can be and how it belongs to nature”.

"Le Chant des Quartz" Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

“Le Chant des Quartz” Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.


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Arvo Pärt Centre by NietoSobejano Arquitectos
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"Le Chant des Quartz" Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

“Le Chant des Quartz” Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

Le Chant des Quartz is in a developmental phase for the production of a unique electro-acoustic instrument including further piezoelectric crystals, like tourmaline. Laura Couto Rosado is working in partnership with the Geneva University of Music in order to broaden the acoustic palette of crystals and thus soon be able to offer a mineral orchestra.


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Organised by Villa Noailles in Hyeres, France, Design Parade is a young festival that brings together exhibitions and exchanges around an international competition open to young designers.

"Le Chant des Quartz" Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.

“Le Chant des Quartz” Laura Couto Rosado. Photo by Lothaire Hucki. Courtesy of Design Parade.


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