Gweilo means ghost in Chinese and there is definitely a spectral aspect to its table model Song, with its curves and dips fixed in midair. Made from hand-molded acrylic, the lighting concept was conjured by Toronto design studio Partisans and is produced by the lighting wizards at Barcelona's Parachilna. Its thermoforming process takes an etched optical-grade acrylic sheet and induces the characteristic folds while the transparent plastic is molten and still pliable. A metal strip containing an embedded LED is then attached to the edge when it cools to allow the signature effect of light catching the etchings —and producing the magical illumination.
- 15.8" h x 13.8" w (40.1x35.1cm)
- 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.”