'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend 1' lantern
(born France, 1965)
Paktong, mouth-blown sheet glass
Prototype for Meta
Lent by Meta, London
Paktong is an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel. It was developed as early as the 12th century in China and was prized because it looked like a cross between gold and silver and would not tarnish. Until now, its recipe had been lost. Matali Crasset's lamp is like a massively enlarged diamond pendant.