With Guise for Vibia, Munich-based designer Stefan Diez has discovered a new potential use for LED technology in contact with matter: the light emanates from the piece of glass, while the source remains invisible.“Guise is possible thanks to new LED technologies. Without that it wouldn’t exist,” says Stefan Diez.
With this approach Guise achieves a magical effect and at the same time is fully functional. Because of the transparency of the glass when switched off the lamp almost disappears. When switched on it expresses a luminous and almost magnetic presence.
A pattern of engraved incisions made in the borosilicate glass, created using a robotic cutting technique, refracts, radiates and reflects the light brilliantly. The LED source is located longitudinally as if it were a seam, almost imperceptible.
Stefan Diez was inspired by several traditional techniques, Bohemian glass cutting and luminous street signage which are combined here in a unique contemporary vision. Together with its innovative technology Guise achieves almost a virtual light.
Guise includes a sensor that allows its intensity to be dimmed simply by bringing one’s hand close to the light, without the need for a switch, or even direct contact.
The collection includes pendant lamps, both vertical and horizontal, that allows them to be placed over dining tables, offices or sitting rooms and circulation areas, with single fittings or multiple configurations.
The wall sconce version with a different formal expression features a glass disk that gives o a perimeter glow where the Led light source is also hidden. When turned off it becomes fused with its background, when on it evokes a solar eclipse.
Guise was recognized with a 2018 German Design Award for its innovative design.
all images courtesy of Vibia