by Zohra KhanMar 23, 2020
Noctambule by German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic for Flos is a beautiful, delicate, lighting fixture, which could easily pass off as a sculpture. The fixtures are available in a variety of shapes, including cylindrical and dome or cone-shaped blown glass modules that can be stacked for floor applications or suspended as chandeliers. When translated, Noctambule means an owl.
“Mostly invisible during the day but coming to glamorous activity at night-time. The analogy is fitting. Noctambule is made of blown glass modules, which are see-through, and therefore, almost inexistent at day-time. But, when you switch them on in the dark, they transform into gorgeous, illuminated lamps,” explains Grcic.
You can combine up to six elements to form a beautiful light column. It is undetectable in daylight, and in the dark its shape is underlined by the LED strips housed at the base, and in the junctions between the glass modules, which gives a diffused and warm light. Direct light beams of the Cob LEDs located at the base of the head ensure, where necessary, the maximum definition of the objects.
Grcic further says, “The cylindrical glass modules set the basic grammar of the collection. The single module is a lantern. Several modules stacked on top of each other create a light column, or suspended chandelier inside a stair well. Extra elements such as glass dome or cone-shaped head allow for added performance, such as a floor standing uplighter and pendant.”
Made from transparent glass with connected rings, its base in die-cast aluminium, and external ring diffusers in injection-moulded optical silicone, the light intensity is adjustable from 10 per cent to 100 per cent.
“The carefully calibrated LED technology, which powers the lamps, is discretely integrated into the junctions between the glass modules. Almost absent, but ready to be activated at any (night) time,” concludes Grcic.