The starting point was a new type of prismatic acrylic diffuser which acts as both the reflector and the louvre. The light is distributed indirectly towards the ceiling and directly down towards the work surface, providing the ambient and task lighting levels demanded in contemporary office spaces.
Unlit the transparent acrylic screen is housed with a slender aluminium frame for the height of discretion. When lit, the LEDs positioned across the slide of the luminaire bring the screen to life, increasing the opacity and guiding the light for an optimal visual experience. The result is a fresh, crisp light that does not dazzle.
As a designer, you have to deal with the fact that the starting point for new products is often the same. When dealing with a traditional fluorescent luminaire you really have to “push the boat out” to create something new. With Appareo things were different. The criteria changed in a way which made things very simple. Conversely, the challenge was actually not to make it too simple. The initial sketches were very elemental and we knew we had to add something beyond the basic design shapes - the circle and extended rectangle. The final shape was inspired by the wings of birds, which are very light and strong, and extremely thin when viewed from the side. The small, slightly angled surface gives the luminaire a bigger body, making it more human.
Gustav Müller Nord, Casper Asmussen and Jens O Johansson, Howl Designstudio