Thermoformed lightning with Gweilo

Gweilo is a new type of lighting that transforms the light source itself and was presented at the Interior Design Show Toronto (IDS) 2017. Is made of thin sheets of LED bulbs that are carefully moulded into a beautiful and dynamic sculpture. Each light is hand sculpted by an artist in its hot plastic state, allowing for infinite possibilities in shape, size and detail.

 

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Their motto is “don’t hire us, join us”, and with this they are trying to communicate that is a participatory studio where the intentions are earnest and the enthusiasm unblinking.

Partisans defines themselves as a movement of architects, thinkers, and cultural enthusiasts devoted to a cause: smart, beautiful, and provocative design.

 

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Partisans celebrated the launch of its first product ‘gweilo’ as part of the ‘partisans factory’. Each ‘gweilo’ light was to be hand-sculpted using thermoforming techniques on site, allowing optical grade acrylic sheets to be sculpted while still in their hot plastic state. ‘The factory’ at IDS will showcased the art of manufacturing them in action, and visitors where able to experience the thermoforming process and order their own tailor-made ‘gweilo’ lights on site.

Thanks to Lightform, Partisans took these early studies of ‘Gweilo’ and were able to take it from prototype to product.

This series of luminaries redefines the lightning element by transforming the source itself into a sculpture, shaping the ethereal movement of light. When the LEDs are diffused across the acrylic sheets, their luminescent output is amplified, resulting in an infinite set of silhouettes and sizes.

 

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Bending like light rays themselves, ‘gweilo’ gives an architectural effect, whilst delineates the space and creates a ghostly atmosphere. Like a piece of magic.

 

The designer, Alexander Josephson, said “We have been trying to create light that is light itself rather than a fixture or housing or clothing for standard bulbs. It was about getting as close to the source as possible. We started looking at LED panels and wondered: Can light be a moving object? Why can’t light pool, drip or drape? Thermoforming is a technique we’ve been using in other mediums and we were excited see what it could do with light.”

 

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Photographies thanks to Partisans.

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