Craftsmanship and technology by Flos: from bespoke to residential

by Editorial Staff

Compasses Magazine

The new lamp-sculpture designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Flos presents characteristics of a high end artisan product, comparable to a bespoke piece.

Luce Orizzontale by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is sculptural piece inspired by a previous bespoke installation of the French designers for an important building. Luce Orizzontale is a top-of-the-range, state-of-the-art object playing with the uncommon effect of light reflection from cast glass elements. Although designed for both the residential and contract markets, it presents an out of the ordinary level of craftsmanship quality.

Craftsmanship is first and foremost seen in the details. Each cylinder is made by hand by pouring the glass into a mold: the glassmaker’s movements creating signs on the glass that make each piece unique.

«It is not a technical glass», explain Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, «but an ever-changing material, inserted in aluminum extrusions. The result we wanted to achieve was precise but also fluctuating and vibrant».

The structure and the lighting system

Luce Orizzontale is modular: the range includes three configurations of 8, 10 or 12 cast glass cylinders, suspended and interconnected to form structures of different lengths.

The glass cylinders rest on a primary polished aluminum bar which is the supporting axis of the lamp. The light sources are inserted in the bar (a strip of LEDs that gives light upwards and one that pushes it downwards). The touch dimmer, compatible with Dali and Push Dim systems, is positioned at one end of the bar.

A sculptural presence

Luce Orizzontale, which has a range of dimensions that varies from just over one and a half meters to almost two and a half meters, was designed to illuminate rectangular tables in private residences as well as meeting rooms. When installed in parallel rows, it creates a sculptural presence which is perfectly suitable for large public spaces: in hotels, restaurants, corporate offices and museums.


S1 8 cylinders – 1.656 m, Power 110W, Lumen output 5,345lm, Weight 27.9Kg
S2 10 cylinders – 2.02 m, Power 145W, Lumen output 6,682lm, Weight 34.5Kg
S3 12 cylinders – 2.48 m, Power 165W, Lumen output 8,018lm, Weight 41.0Kg


As there is no glue, Luce Orizzontale can be completely disassembled without the use of tools. All its individual components are designed to be easily replaced and recycled.




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