Stories Behind: The Flat Collection

9th December, 2020

Created by renowned Japanese designer Ichiro Iwasaki for Vibia, the Flat collection features distinctive, disc-shaped diffusers that form horizontal planes of light. The flat metal plates reflect light off their surfaces, casting an enveloping, wraparound glow that appears illuminated from within.

The innovative lamps convey the signature aesthetic of Iwasaki, known for his minimalist and abstract style. Flat’s sculptural spheres and lean proportions co-mingle in perfect equipoise, a unique expression of metal.

Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection
Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection
Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection

Iwasaki’s mission was a modern interpretation of the classic reflector disc, which he realized in the fixture’s striking, static silhouette. A study in geometry, the design easily integrates with surrounding architecture and generating layers of light and a graphic presence.

Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection
Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection

“It creates a rhythmic and comfortable landscape.”

Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection

The contrast between a bold linear framework and its svelte discs produces a compelling structural cadence.

“Dotted on the ceiling, floor, and tabletop, it looks like letters of the alphabet or a line of musical notes,” Iwasaki explains.

Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection
Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection
Vibia The Edit - The story behind Flat collection