- Minimalist shape, floating lightness, clever inner life – and surprisingly easy to install
- Striking interior architectural statement with subtle light distribution for offices, conference situations and more
- With compliments of “Dr. Strangelove“: futuristic movie set as inspiration
Berlin, January 13th 2009 - A striking “halo“ for office and conference rooms, objects and private apartments is introduced in form of the ring-shaped suspended luminaire “Airflite“: Designed by the Berlin-based architecture- and design-office KINZO, developed and crafted at the light-manufacture idee.design.licht. GmbH (idl) in Limbach-Oberfrohna near Chemnitz, the flame-red laquered ring of aluminium and acryl glass (diameter: 2.20 m) is an unmistakable architectural statement with a touch of cinematic drama: with “Airflite“, KINZO pays tribute to the iconic “war room” set of the Stanley Kubrick movie “Dr. Strangelove“ designed by the legendary production designer and “James Bond” art director Ken Adam.
“Airflite“ is just as compelling design-wise as in terms of light distribution: Inside the four circle segments, cleverly arranged dimmable fluorescent tubes create an intelligent light distribution – 70 per cent of the light shine upwards to be reflected by the ceiling, 30 per cent shine downwards. Satinised, translucent acryl top and bottom shades create a soft, flattering and standard-compliant illumination and conceal the twelve fluorescent tubes (12xFQ24 watt). Combined with a transparent feeder and suspended by a variable high-grade steel cord, the luminary seems to float free and weightlessly in space.
“Airflite“ made its official debut on the occasion of the office trade show Orgatec Cologne in October 2008. Before, KINZO established one-off design prototypes in several futuristic interior projects in Berlin. At the Orgatec fair, “Airflite“ hovered above the award-winning double desk “KINZO AIR 202“ and proved its use and capability as a workplace illu mination. Whether deployed as a single lamp above reception, meeting situations or arrayed or grouped in generous spaces, “Airflite“ adds a visually and architecturally powerful impact to any room.
Despite its impressive diameter of 2.20 m and its weight of 48 kg, “Airflite“ is surprisingly easy to install due to a cleverly thought-out assembly and mounting concept.
As with all lights of idee.design.licht. “Airflite“ is individually hand-crafted at the manufacture. The aluminium body comes in red, white and aluminium as standard colours – other colours are available on request.
“Airflite“ is the first product result of the co-operation between KINZO and idee.design.licht. Currently both companies are working on a comprehensive product range based on the “Airflite“-design. “Airflite“ and the collaboration with KINZO emphasises the corporate philosophy of idee.design.licht.: From IDEA to DESIGN to LIGHT – a fusion of innovation and creativity with lighting know-how and outstanding craftsmanship.
idee.design.licht. in Limbach-Oberfrohna near Chemnitz, Germany, develops, manufactures and distributes sophisticated lighting-fixtures and systems for offices and object as well as private environments. idee.design.licht. combines discerning, award-winning design with ultimate flexibility: The company enjoys a distinctive reputation among architects, planners, designers and the trade for its ability to realise individual lighting solutions, one-offs and customer designs in short time and with outstanding lighting quality and technical precision. Based on state-of-the-art 3D programmes the lighting effects of single lighting fixtures and light systems can be simulated; a team of creative specialists works by hand and with the help of CNC-controlled machines to create models, individual items, small and big batch productions precisely according to customer request. Since 2006 the executive director Sven Rabe leads the 32-headed team of idee.design.licht.
Founded in 1998 as a label for film, design, architecture, brand and event projects, KINZO has become internationally established for its unmistakable style grown to be one of the ambassadors of Berlin design avant-garde. Starting from interior projects for shops, lofts and offices, fairs and exhibitions as well as design for events and film sets, the three architects and founders of the company Karim El-Ishmawi, Chris Middleton and Martin Jacobs have become famous for their distinctive, sport- and science-fiction inspired elegance. In 2008, KINZO ventured successfully into product design: Its office furniture programme KINZO AIR was awarded the red dot design award and nominated for the 2009 German State Design Price. KINZO AIR is manufactured and distributed by bau+art, Berlin. KINZO’s ring-shaped „Airflite“ is manufactured and distributed by idee.design.licht., Limbach-Oberfrohna and will be completed to a comprehensive product range during 2009.