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The Story Behind Guise

2018-06-05T10:07:35+00:00 5/06/2018 |

Recognized with a 2018 German Design Award for innovation, the Guise collection was created by Stefan Diez. Crafted of precision-cut, engraved crystal tubes and imbedded with LEDs, Guise explores the relationship between light and transparency.

 

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Inspired by illuminated wall signs and digital screens backlit by a small light source—a technique that had never been applied to lamps—Diez spent a year developing his collection for Vibia. He was intrigued by the idea of obscuring the light source within the fixture and painstakingly created a precise slit to contain the LEDs, which are recessed in a slim row like an imperceptible interior seam.

 

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After testing different materials for their ability to reflect LED light, he settled on glass as the most suitable. To enhance the quality of the light, Diez collaborated with a company in the Czech Republic that specializes in cut glass. Together they produced hand-blown tubes etched with delicate patterns. The glass conducts the light to the engraved surface of the cylinder where it finally appears, the markings beautifully diffusing the light in a soft, ambient glow.

 

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The collection is available in vertical and horizontal versions that can be displayed alone or in a group for greater impact. The wall sconce features a different form altogether—a glass ring that generates a circular glow, recalling a solar eclipse when illuminated. When switched off, Guise’s transparent glass and hidden LEDs essentially disappear, hence the collection’s name.

 

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Guise is fitted with a special sensor that dims by simply bringing one’s hand close to the light, without direct contact. It is offered in a matte graphite lacquer finish.

 

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