If I had to define LINK with four words, I would say that it is modular, architectural, structured, and versatile. LINK is more than a system of luminaires; it subtly suggests daylight entering, giving the impression of an overhead skylight. To me, it helps create the space.
In my houses, a constant premise is to play with the lighting; therefore I used skylights to allow me to create a spatial atmosphere. From this practice came the idea for LINK . I wanted to create a fixture similar to a hollow coned shape, which creates a reflection produced at the threshold of windows and skylights. Additionally, I wanted to emulate the drama medieval architecture, providing an architectural dimension to the object and what would eventually be adapted to the different dimensions and depths of the modular collection LINK .
As an architect, I understand that light is what unveils the properties of matter. There are two types of lights… a natural and dynamic one causes a building to change over the day and over the seasons of the year. The other type, artificial, is needed when we no longer have access to this ever changing natural light. I believe that the generated light is just as important as the natural light. This light can be manipulated, which to me is the function and philosophy of architecture.
Personally, I am interested in achieving a specific set of characteristics for any lighting project I embark on, in the manner of the artist James Turrell. I like to model the artificial light as if it were a form that bathes, discovers, and gives prominence to what I want to highlight. On the other hand, I care very much for the color temperature, having a predilection for warm light and control of the shade it produces, as well as controlled dimming and smooth, uniform lighting.
With this philosophy I began this particular project, which lasted nearly a year, during which time many models were made to study the proportions.
From the very first, we put the idea of the LINK to Vibia, who had given us a very particular briefing for large-scale modular light fixture. The system was to cover the maximum amount of ceiling surface area while being powered from a single connection point. Along with this requirement we were looking for a light source that would give the illusion of being amorphous and indistinct as a natural light source would seem to the viewer.
The modules that make up this system are mold-injected in a single piece, with a hidden opening to mask the light source. The light appears by reflection instead of direct overheard source. The first version of this is a fluorescent light source, which after many studies, has been successfully converted to LED. The LED version has allowed us to even further enhance the quality of the lighting and achieve the desired effect.
Recently, I have implemented this system in one of my clients houses, where my client had commented how incredible it was that with only four modules it was not only possible to change the aesthetic of the ceiling, but the effect of the light output. Each module is cut slightly different so as to reflect the light at a different angle and thanks to the dimming system, allows you to create different intensities according to the mood and ambience that you wish to create.
There is also an additional version of this family which adapts to a different scale: LINK XXL modular system for commercial or overlarge spaces, while LINK Home is for a more domestic scale. In each version, LINK responds to the initial objective: compositions allowing adaptation to the architectural space, playing with the path of light according to the different geometries of each cube, in sum creating interior lighting which is both indirect and elegant.
The effect of the light from the luminaire is extraordinary, producing a feeling of natural light as if rays of the sun come through the different LINK volumes.
In short, the projects we create are always based on a precise philosophy. The conception of a functional product is important, but any structural design is the result of the construction and develops in the combination of matter and light. Attention to detail has to do with the very nature of architecture, as the overall result depends on each element to function perfectly as part of the whole. Each detail enhances the idea of the project. Light is the support, which, in turn, is the tool that articulates the language of architecture.
– Ramón Esteve –