What is beauty? Can there ever be a consensus on what is considered beautiful? Or is beauty a purely subjective perception? Is beauty timeless?
If you look at design classics from the Bauhaus period, for example, you can see a pattern. At the time of their creation, these designs were radical and revolutionary, conceived of a readiness to break with convention and completely rethink solutions. Steel pipe furniture redefined the concept of a handcrafted wooden chair. Curved steel piping was intended for industrial manufacturing, but now it came to enable a new archetype – the cantilever chair. It heralded a new dimension in comfort and ultimately became a classic that has lost nothing of its relevance 80 years after it first appeared. This logic creates a true beauty and at the same time results in a sustainable – think timeless – product.
LED technology not only allows us to design extremely economical luminaires, but new archetypes too. A luminaire like »The Line« would be inconceivable without this technology, and fully integrating the reflectors into the pole is a logical next step. This maximum reduction in form allows these luminaires to be used in the complex urban space in a range of shapes, colours and styles from different periods of construction. It forms a bridge between high efficiency on one side of the divide and light quality on the other, and will still be relevant in many years to come.
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