In the stillness of Tresoldi Garden, the lamps of the outdoor collection by Catellani & Smith sprout up among hedges and flowerbeds.
Vibia presents Guise
"Guise is possible thanks to new LED technologies. Without that it wouldn’t exist”, says Stefan Diez.
With Guise Stefan Diez has discovered a new potential use for LED technology in contact with matter: The light emanates from the piece of glass, while the source remains invisible. With this approach Guise achieves a magical effect and at the same time is fully functional.
Because of the transparency of the glass when switched off the lamp almost disappears. When switched on it expresses a luminous and almost magnetic presence. A pattern of engraved incisions made in the borosilicate glass, created using a robotic cutting technique, refracts, radiates and reflects the light brilliantly. The Led source is located longitudinally as if it were a seam, almost imperceptible.
Stefan Diez was inspired by several traditional techniques, Bohemian glass cutting and luminous street signage which are combined here in a unique contemporary vision. Together with its innovative technology Guise achieves almost a virtual light. Guise includes a sensor that allows its intensity to be dimmed simply by bringing one’s hand close to the light, without the need for a switch, or even direct contact.
The collection includes pendant lamps, both vertical and horizontal, that allows them to be placed over dining tables, oﬃ ces or sitting rooms and circulation areas, with single ﬁ ttings or multiple conﬁ gurations. The wall sconce version with a diﬀ erent formal expression features a glass disk that gives off a perimeter glow where the Led light source is also hidden. When turned off it becomes fused with its background, when on it evokes a solar eclipse. Guise was recognised with a 2018 German Design Award for its innovative design.
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