Capsule Collection Volume 01 Lighting by Astro Design Team

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Capsule Collection Volume 01

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Lighting

INSPIRATION:
Capsule collection volume 01 presents a unique trio of luminaires that extend far beyond their function. Created by cofounder James Bassant and senior designer Riley Sanders, each design started as pencil sketch, taking inspiration from the world around us. Inspired by the mechanical perfection of an orrery, the Orb wall light presents an illuminated spherical ball, with a fully adjustable and magnifying mirror that orbits around the luminaire at its centre, whereas io Pendant takes inspiration from the fluted detailing of the ancient Greek ionic pillars. A fusion between art, technology and science, the Halftone wall light focuses on the simple form of a circle with an intricate pattern delicately etched on translucent acrylic.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Consistent with the Astro creative ethos, that good design demands simplicity, the io Pendant, Halftone and Orb transcend seasons and trends being functional yet beautiful, with each design unique from the materials selected through to the individual challenges that had to be overcome. The Capsule collection provided the platform to liberate our creative process and reinforce Astro’s design led approach. It honors the DNA of core Astro product, but with a confidence to hold their own in any space. Each are bold and visually strong, with a delicacy that quietly compliments a design scheme.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Orb presents an illuminated spherical ball, with a fully adjustable and magnifying mirror that ‘orbits’ around the luminaire at its centre. Primarily designed to be positioned alongside a bathroom mirror, the Orb provides useful task lighting with an appreciable sense of design and can be partnered with the single Orb light version. io Pendant would add a sense of drama and elegance to any space but look particularly striking in a dining setting as the pendant is dimmable and allows you to easily control the mood and create a unique lighting experience. Halftone is ideal for a hospitality setting such as an entrance way or as a sculptural installation within a space thanks to the transparency of the acrylic material which allows the wall to still be visible, both when the light is switched on or off.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project began in 2019 at Astro Headquarters in Harlow, Essex. The collection was complete and launched in UK and Europe in the Spring of 2020

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Astro products need to operate effortlessly so one does not even consider the engineering solution that lies at the heart of it. This is true with the Orb where the moving parts are robust yet offer a sense of lightness, masking a complex engineering solution behind its simplicity. Using gravity-fed extrusion, the io Pendant takes a circular 2D design and extrudes the glass downwards to create a perfectly ribbed cylindrical form. The components are discreetly hidden so the glass plays the lead, subtly reflecting and refracting the light. Halftone, focuses on the simple form of a circle with a subtle pattern gradient beginning from the outer edge, increasing with intensity to create a vivid ring of light. The transparency of the acrylic allows the wall to still be visible, both when the light is switched on or off.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
io PENDANT Lamp : 20.2W Integral LED Input : Integral driver IP: IP20 Lumens :2328 Colour temp:3000K CRI:80 Dimmable: Yes Material: Zinc/Clear Glass Size:H.2113 max W.1000 D.92mm HALFTONE Lamp : 7.5W Integral LED Input : Integral driver IP: IP20 Lumens :171 Colour temp: 2700K CRI:80 Dimmable: No Material: Mild Steel/Acrylic Size:Ø.400 D.97mm ORB Lamp : 3.5W max G9 LED (excl.) IP: IP44 Dimmable: Yes Material: Aluminium / Opal Glass Size:H.434 W.210 D.92mm

TAGS:
Lighting, Designer Lighting, Statement Lighting, Hospitality Design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
James Bassant: “Mechanical machines have always fascinated me; gears, cogs, chains and their interactions in analogue mechanical devices. My love of lights and my fascination with Orreries obsessed me to design the Orb, an orb of light at its centre about which a planet mirror orbits… For years I kept coming back and refining the design to capture the essence of an Orrery in a functional light, the Orb. Riley Sanders: “The io Pendant light takes inspiration from the fluted detailing of the ancient Greek Ionic pillars. Using the unique production process of gravity-fed glass extrusion, the io Pendant takes a circular 2D design and extrudes the glass downwards to create a perfectly ribbed cylindrical form. I wanted the glass to be the hero of the product, so we stripped all unnecessary components to keep it as simple and minimal as possible, allowing light to subtly reflect and refract off the glass. The concept for the Halftone also began as a basic pencil to paper sketch, focusing on the simple form of a circle. I then started to look at how incorporating an intricate pattern could be used to bring translucent, clear acrylic to life. We experimented with different processes, settling on the precision that laser etching achieves.”

CHALLENGE:
Astro products have always been guided by our creative ethos that 'good design demands simplicity' and our collections aren’t dictated by trends. They are rooted firmly in the now, but with a timeless quality that avoids the vagaries of fashion. Our goal is to create products that withstand the test of time, not to be frequently replaced and we take care to refine and consider each element, so product blends seamlessly with any space for many years to come. The engineering of each product must be of the highest standard. We ensure only essential components are included, without compromising on the design aesthetic.

ADDED DATE:
2020-06-25 11:56:28

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Astro Cofounder and Design Director - James Bassant and Astro Senior Designer - Riley Sanders

IMAGE CREDITS:
Astro Lighting, Capsule Collection Volume 01

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
ASTRO

PROFILE:
Astro Lighting is an acknowledged designer and producer of contemporary lighting for high end hospitality, residential and commercial markets. Founders John Fearon and James Bassant came together in 1997 to create Astro with a shared commitment to British lighting design and a passion for quality and precision. Astro’s creative ethos has remained consistent throughout – that good design demands simplicity. Their business ethos is similarly straightforward, being based on a passion for quality which goes far beyond technical excellence and demands the highest possible standards of customer service. As an established, dynamic and growing supplier whose products sell in over 90 countries, with established subsidiaries in the US and Asia, Astro lights can now be seen within inspirational design schemes throughout the world. Based in the UK, their extensive range complements every aspect of luxury living and hospitality, from bedrooms and bathrooms to living areas, corridors and exteriors.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Capsule Collection Volume 01 Lighting by Astro Design Team is a Nominee in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category.

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Capsule Collection Volume 01 Lighting by Astro Design Team is Winner in Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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