A FEW WORDS ABOUT
The design concept for this project was inspired by the intersection of fashion and art, specifically from an observation made during a catwalk presentation at fashion week. The aim was to bring together the robustness and stability of metal with the lightness and brilliance of light itself. The result is a sculptural form made from metal mesh that appears to float in the air, suspended by delicate threads. This combination of functionality and sculpture adds an artful touch to any interior space. The interplay of light and shadow creates a theatrical effect that brings life to the piece.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Vision lamp design features a sleek, modern aesthetic that sets it apart from traditional lighting fixtures. With a focus on functionality and versatility, the Vision lamp offers a range of adjustable settings and an innovative design that allows for optimal light positioning. The lamp's unique construction and use of premium materials result in a durable and long-lasting design. The Vision lamp offers a sophisticated solution for a range of lighting needs and will add a touch of sculpture to the interior space.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION
The beauty of this design lies in its ability to transform and adapt to its surroundings. The woven metal mesh changes in appearance over time as the natural elements interact with the copper, zinc and phosphorus. This results in a unique patina that adds character to the piece. Furthermore, the way the light passes through the mesh creates a play of light and shadow that is different during the day and night, adding to the dynamic nature of the design. The final user can even influence the design by adjusting the form, making the relationship between designer and user even stronger..
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY
The Vision lamp design was created using a woven mesh made of copper, zinc, and phosphorus. The material's charm and plasticity inspired us to use it, as it offered ample creative opportunities. Its malleable form allowed us to shape and work on the metal mesh to create the final product. The end result is a sculpural form delicately suspended in space on thin threads, appearing to levitate above the light source. The combination of tough and solid metal with the lightness and purity of light creates a unique interplay of light and shadow, reminiscent of a theater performance.
Being influenced by the world of fashion, the lamp's design is inspired by haute couture, with a sculptural form. The Vision lamp's impact goes beyond just the lighting industry, as it promotes sustainability and eco-friendliness. It also highlights the importance of design research in creating innovative, functional, and aesthetically pleasing products that meet the needs of users. By promoting sustainable design, the Vision lamp contributes to a more sustainable future for society as a whole.
CREATIVE / RESEARCH CHALLENGE
The biggest challenge during the design process was finding a balance between the desired aesthetic and practicality. Balancing form and function required careful consideration of various internal and external factors. This meant considering factors such as the material properties, production limitations, and user interaction. Additionally, there was a need to keep up with the latest technological advancements to ensure the highest quality of light output. But through thorough research and testing, we were able to overcome these obstacles and create a successful design.
Life and our choices carry consequences. Our daily lives consist of words, gestures, actions, food, objects, emotions, feelings, plans, dreams, and probably a whole mountain of other things. We experience all of this more or less consciously. In a breakfast bar in Katowice, the waitress wore a t-shirt with a meaningful slogan "eat." The contrast of this commanding word with the slow food idea prevailing in this place made me a little dizzy. And it made me think. More and more often, we consciously choose what we eat, how we eat, where the products come from, who delivered them, and whether a Far Eastern corporation is responsible for producing carrots. The same goes for physical activity and all kinds of sports. We are becoming increasingly active or at least aware of our activity and our body. We care about ourselves. Perfectly.
But what about the world of design? What about awareness of what I sit on, what I equip the interior with, where the table, picture, lamp, tile come from? Are we aware that not every product is designed by a designer, but many are reproduced and copyrighted? Isn't it the case that awareness should be key in making consumer decisions? Awareness of where the product comes from, who produced it, whether the product is not a cheaper substitute that steals copyright. I realize that, inundated with an endless amount of things, we often do not even have the opportunity to learn everything about the product. But let's try, let's ask, let's try. Let's build our own awareness of reality. Sometimes it's better to sit on a simpler and less ornate piece of furniture, but real, i.e., one that does not pretend anything, and thanks to this, we know how it was designed, what materials it is made of, and what idea accompanies it.
The same goes for Gie El. Here, we focus on product awareness. We create a story around each product, which is intended to bring the product closer, show its origin, stages of creation, materials, and the concept of form. Gie El is a boutique brand that focuses on the idea of slow. This gives us time to get to know our customers, their interiors, and expectations. It gives us the opportunity to create original and personalized products. A narrative follows our products. We create for people who expect awareness in their lives and reject mediocrity. We appreciate genuine materials that are what they are. Wood is wood, steel is steel, and stone is stone. We reject veneers and plastics if they try to pretend to be something else.
Returning from the latest Maison & Objet trade fair in Paris, I passed through the De Gaulle airport check-in. On the floor, a wooden floor, or rather something that tried to imitate it hopelessly. A plastic carpet with a wooden print. A nasty thing. Do we really have to surround ourselves with imitation that creates an illusory bubble that we are walking on a wooden floor, sitting at a stone countertop? Let's stay with the airport floor for a moment. If practical, financial, or functional aspects lead to the choice of plastic, let it not pretend to be something else. Because why?
We reject the idea of imitation at Gie El. We recently introduced a collection of modern chandeliers made from metal woven mesh, which gives them their unique expression. Real stainless steel and alloys of phosphorus, zinc, and bronze are used, materials that do not pretend to be something else. The same goes for glass lamps. Those who have had the opportunity to touch our lampshades know how heavy they are and how thick the glass is. The idea of slow design is a process that begins with the selection of materials for the next collection, reflecting on sustainable production, packaging, use of the product itself, and ultimately its disposal or transformation into another product, another lamp. The cardboard boxes we use to package our products are not painted. They are ordinary brown cardboard that can be recycled, used as moving boxes, or even shredded and added to a compost pile.
This idea requires time on both our part as producers and on your part as conscious consumers who understand where the brown cardboard comes from and who will take a moment to responsibly dispose of or reuse it. Slow design is a network that connects designers, manufacturers, and end-users. In this process, anonymity is not desirable. We like to know and talk to each other. This builds relationships and connects us. We're glad you're here.
Design in the heart of silesia
Gie El, at the invitation and in cooperation with 4DESIGNDAYS, created a picturesque design installation in Galeria Katowicka.
This event is connected with the design exhibition itself and the celebration of architecture, which takes place every year in Katowice's MCK and Spodek.
The rust installation designed and created by Gie El is a free interpretation of the modern ELEMENTS chandeliers, which evoke positive emotions, which are one of the most popular Gie El chandeliers. The poetic scenography and unusual design accent are intended to familiarize the inhabitants of Silesia with the concept of design and encourage them to explore its meaning.
Follow The Light is an idea that accompanied us when creating InstaPoint. Following the light that brings energy and awakens life leads to the final event which is 4DD. A light that guides you towards design and encourages you to deepen your knowledge in this topic.
The nature of the installation results directly from the way we create chandeliers and collections of modern lamps. We inseparably combine emotions and light. Our products are sculptures that stimulate reflection and introduce Genius Loci, the caring spirit of the place, into the interiors.