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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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