“Why can’t light pool, drip, or drape?” asks Alex Josephson, cofounder of Toronto design studio Partisans. One of the answers from the Gweilo (Chinese for ghost) series is Han, a floor lamp with a sculptural form that folds and bends like light rays themselves. Handmade by Parachilna in Spain, the thermoforming process takes an etched optical-grade acrylic sheet and produces the signature folds and curves while it is molten and still pliable. A metal strip containing an embedded LED is then affixed vertically to the cooled transparent sheet’s edge to diffuse the light across the etchings, amplifying the illumination. Available in a choice of 2 sizes, Han readily functions as a room accent, divider or simply a wondrous focal point.
- Small: 47.2" h x 21.7" w (119.9x55.1cm)
- Large: 59.1" h x 29.5" w (150.1x74.9cm)
- Cable length: 78.7" (200cm)
Hand-moulded, transparent acrylic structure, aluminum
- ETL listed
- Color temperature: 3000K
Though based in Barcelona, Parachilna’s origins actually stretch all the way to its namesake, a desert ghost town in Australia. A random stop there years ago inspired Alfredo Valero and Roman Riera to eventually create a luxury lighting company dedicated to enduring craftsmanship, aided by European metalsmiths, glass blowers, ceramicists and other skilled artisans.
Collaborating with such notable modern designers as Jaime Hayon and Neri & Hu, partner Alfredo explains Parachilna’s purposeful process. “We don’t use industrial techniques,” he says. “Everything revolves craftsmanship, which means that there is a lot of work, from prototyping to finishing. When we say, ‘We don’t like it,’ we start all over again.”