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The Weird and Fascinating Story Behind Design's Iridescence Craze
By: Fast Company
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The design world is having an iridescent moment. You may recognize it in Sebastian Scherer's lovely pendant lights, designed to look like "a permanent iridescent soap bubble". Or in Patricia Urquiola's cool gradient Shimmer collection for Glas Italia from 2015. Last year, Tom Dixon released a collection—called Iridescence—of warped, lustrous wares inspired by the rainbow sheen of an oil spill.

The prismatic visual effect of light, color, and reflection has also made its way into the fashion and architecture worlds. Designers like Wanda Nylon have embraced the color-changing brilliance of iridescence shimmying down the runway. Holographic accessories are gracing store shelves. As far back as 2009, graphic designer Peter Saville and architect David Adjaye debuted a gradient-sheen staircase for Kvadrat's London showroom.

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