Friday 16 March 2018

Fluid – highly expressive structures, attractive light

Light objects or struc­tures built using the Fluid system con­cen­trate atten­tion on archi­tec­ture in two ways. Firstly by being present as a highly dis­tinc­tive object of design within a room and sec­ondly by the clearly struc­tured light zone they gen­er­ate. A par­tic­u­lar fea­ture of Fluid is its asym­met­ri­cal cross-sec­tion pro­file while its vari­able con­nect­ing ele­ments allow the cre­ation of indi­vid­ual, inci­sive geome­tries.

When it comes to the quest to fuse light­ing and inte­rior design, the Fluid light pro­file is break­ing new ground. This ele­gant, asym­met­ri­cal alu­minium pro­file with inte­grated reflec­tor tech­nol­ogy has been jointly devel­oped by Selux with the Berlin design bureau e27. Fluid offers a wide range of options for cre­ative plan­ners for the empha­sis of spe­cific loca­tions, objects or areas within build­ings. Fluid’s pro­file ele­ments and vari­able con­nec­tors enable objects to be con­fig­ured that are reduced in shape or with highly com­plex geome­tries and whose light effect cre­ates unique impres­sions inside rooms.

Inspired by archi­tec­ture and design

The idea was to lend the shape of the pro­file a cer­tain light­ness by means of edges and acute angles, akin to vehi­cle design. The Fluid hovers almost weight¬lessly in the room as the profile’s actual volume is barely per­cep­ti­ble,” explains Fax Quin­tus, designer and part­ner of the e27 bureau, on his approach to the con­cept for Fluid, All pro­file sur­faces are cham­fered so that none of the con­tact areas are vis­i­ble while each of the vari­able corner con­nec­tors has a spe­cific radius – lend­ing the system a light­ness but with­out making it amor­phous.”
In tech­ni­cal terms, the back­bone of the Fluid is an alu­minium pro­file with a trape­zoid cross sec­tion sup­port­ing a linear LED module on the inte­rior of its lower end, with sec­ondary reflec­tor and elec­tronic oper­at­ing devices inte­grated into its pro­file. The Fluid radi­ates down­wards asym­met­ri­cally over a wide area out of the profile’s open side. This enables its light to be directed within the room zones con­cen­trated on with its light dis­tri­b­u­tion inten­si­fy­ing the per­cep­tion of these areas.

Accen­tu­a­tion within rooms using struc­tures

The Fluid system is freely con­fig­urable in the three lengths 892,1188 and 1485 mm and comes with infi­nitely vari­able, angu­lar seg­ment con­nec­tors from 30° to 150° and 210° to 330° mean­ing there are no limits when it comes to the cre­ativ­ity of plan­ners. Rec­tan­gu­lar struc­tures, such as those used to gen­er­ate islands of light around exhibits in car show­rooms, can easily be achieved. As can com­plex, resplen­dent polyg­o­nal shapes, which might be used to create cor­po­rate brand­ing in the foyers of hotels, com­pa­nies or cul­tural insti­tu­tions.
The entire design process is guided by cor­re­spond­ing appli­ca­tion scenes. The vision we pur­sued was that of a hov­er­ing frame that gen­er­ates con­cen­trated bright­ness within the room with­out onlook­ers per­ceiv­ing a cen­tral light source,” reports Fax Quin­tus: When we built the first models from pro­files and corner con­nec­tors, it soon became clear that what we had before us was a huge mod­u­lar light kit that could be used to play­fully realise all sorts of shapes and appli­ca­tions.” This is a con­cept that has now been imple­mented tech­ni­cally in the form of the Fluid by Selux to our expected high stan­dard of qual­ity.

Exe­cuted in Selux qual­ity

The alu­minium pro­files and corner con­nec­tors of the system are powder-coated in silver or white, with 3000 K or 4000 K light colours with a colour ren­der­ing index of up to CRI 90. Inte­grated ESD pro­tec­tion ensures an espe­cially high stan­dard of oper­a­tional reli­a­bil­ity for the LED mod­ules, with con­trol devices equipped with DALI inter­faces enabling simple con­nec­tion of Fluid to light­ing con­trol sys­tems. All of this makes Fluid an intrigu­ing addi­tion to the Selux prod­uct range, per­fectly com­ple­ment­ing exist­ing lines such as the min­i­mal­ist M-family , while enabling light design that is both func­tional and expres­sive using a single frame that knows no lim­i­ta­tions.

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