Astro to Launch Inaugural Design-Led Capsule Collection
Astro Lighting, one of Britain’s leading designer and producer of contemporary lighting, has launched its first ever capsule collection of design-led, limited edition pieces.
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Consistent with Astro’s creative ethos, that good design demands simplicity, the Capsule Collection Volume 01 focuses on precision and restraint to transcend seasons and trends by being functional yet beautiful.
Created by co-founder and Design Director James Bassant and Senior Designer Riley Sanders, the collection’s three products – the Orb, io Pendant and Halftone – are designed to stand out, but also stand the test of time.
Inspired by the mechanical perfection of an orrery, the Orb light presents an illuminated spherical ball, with a fully adjustable and magnifying mirror that ‘orbits’ around the luminaire at its centre.
The delicate moving parts are robust but with a sense of lightness, masking a complex engineering solution behind its simplicity. 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.
“Design to me is about trying to reach that point of clarity when a product is as perfect as I can make it; it’s a feeling of purity and simplicity,” said Bassant.
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, io Pendant takes a circular 2D design and extrudes the glass downwards to create a perfectly ribbed cylindrical form.
The luminaire’s components are discreetly hidden, where the glass plays the leading role, allowing the light to subtly reflect and refract. Handcrafted to the highest quality, with no detail spared, the delicacy of the glass adds a real sense of luxury to any interior.
Sanders adds: “With the io Pendant, we’ve tried to strip out all of the unnecessary components, and keep it as simple and minimal as possible, to really let the glass be the hero of the product.”
A fusion between art, technology and science, the Halftone wall light focuses on the simple form of a circle with an engaging etched pattern on a translucent, clear acrylic. Its subtle, gradient etched pattern begins from the edge of the disc and increases with intensity, creating 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.
Designed in two sizes and depths, Halftone can be layered to produce more intense and striking illumination that will add interest to the surrounding architecture.
“The Halftone is more of an art piece than a standard luminaire; that is the concept and essence of the product,” said Sanders.
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