Gweilo is a new collection of custom lighting by PARTISANS that reimagines illumination to architectural effect. Inspired by the idea that light itself could be harnessed and manipulated to create a physical sculpture, PARTISANS developed a design that alters light at its source.
The evolution of Gweilo was prompted by a series of questions: How does one play with materials to transform the emission of light? Can one make luminaires pool, bend, drip, and drape to emulate the vital movement and properties of light? What fabrication techniques would make it possible to achieve these effects?
Each Gweilo light is handmade using thermoforming, a technique that allows etched optical grade acrylic sheets to be individually shaped while they are still in their hot plastic state. The sheets are heated to just under 400°F, at which point they become molten and pliable. They are immediately removed from the heat source and sculpted to produce a variety of distinct folds and silhouettes. When our custom- designed metal extrusion containing an LED strip is affixed to the cooled sheet’s edge, light is diffused across the etchings, amplifying luminescent output. The extrusions do double duty: they behave functionally as heat sinks that distribute light and aesthetically as decorative details that complete the whole.
Named for a Cantonese word that means “white ghost,” Gweilo lights are spectral sculptures that pleat and curve like light rays themselves. It is our belief that 21st-century design should perform on all fronts: functionality, sustainability, cost efficiency, and aesthetically. Currently, Gweilo lights come in five different sizes, functioning as accents, dividers, or centerpieces that gracefully delineate space to create an ethereal atmosphere. Winners of the 2015 LAMP Award and the 2016 AZ Award for Best Lighting Installation, Gweilo lights are designed and fabricated in Toronto, Canada by PARTISANS.
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