Tim Grannis and Jack Lazarovski were a team making mainly teleidoscopes in the 1980s. Upon doing some research, only one kaleidoscope model is thought to be made by this team, and their main designs were made with prisms furnishing redirected light. Their business was named Prism Designs, which was well named and well suited to their style. Their style is described by many as sleekly modern and graceful, as light dances over the reflective surfaces of their work. Their medium was primarily mirror and some reflective metals such as chrome plated brass, as in this very lovely teleidoscope they aptly named, “Crystal Teleidoscope.” Their work was and still is featured at many art galleries for their creative use of mirrors and prisms.
Tim, a sculptor and jeweler, and Jack, an industrial graphic and also flute and piccolo designer, combined talents. Their artistic talents are evident in their use of first surface mirror and an optical prism lens within their teleidoscopes. The optical prism lens redirects and bends the light inside to crystal-like, subtle colors. Light hits a slight angle on the optical, many-faceted lens and reflects off several surfaces.
The outside of their “Crystal Teleidoscope” is typical of their design, using mirrored glass, carved optical lenses, as well as three chrome-plated brass rods. They believed that since kaleidoscopes or teleidoscopes sit on a table most of the time, these objects should be not only beautiful, but should become a “light machine.”
15 ½ inches long
2 inches tall