Milan 2013: Quasar go from strength to strength

Quasar stand at Euroluce 2013 1 c 560 Quasar don't really need to change to meet the new economic environment. They have their own way of doing things and they regularly launch designs that most other manufacturers would regard as too risky.

In the end, though, it is about making lights so beautiful, so stunning that they are irresistible -- no-one thinks about how they got there.  Unfortunately, many of the world's most spectacular lights do not always photograph well, so above is an amateur picture taken of Quasar's stand at Euroluce, dominated by the two Universe Squares with glass rods, that drew people onto the stand as soon as they caught sight of it -- resistance was futile. Here they are from a different angle:

Quasar stand at Euroluce 2013 2 c 560

You see that person on the left gazing up at it? He is doing this because it is as fascinating close up -- beautiful, but also a puzzle: how exactly does it do what it does...? Cleverly, is this answer -- this is one of a series by Jan Pauwels, who can do clever things.

For example, he realized that the Universe Square is big (100cm x 1000cm) but that people in humble dwellings might like their own Universe. So Orion was launched at Euroluce:

Quasar Orion chandelier Jan Pauwels

It is only 175x30x30cm so it would go over a rectangular table. Recognizing that merely scaling down would not provide such an interesting object, Orion is not symmetrical -- some of its dimensions seem to have greater energy than others. It would make a good starship. Again, good pictures are difficult to find, but here it is on the Quasar stand anyway, partly reflected in a mirror:

Quasar Orion pendant light at Euroluce 560

This is M-Light, designed by the silversmiths,  Rob and Jaap Thalen:

Quasar M light pendant light 560

It is a fascinating object -- seemingly a simple ball made up of repeated identical shapes, but the pattern is not consistent -- you can see above the gashes that periodically puncture the surface. This one is Ø45cm -- or it could be M-light D.150, which is identical except that it is Ø150cm. There is also another colourway:

Quasar M Light pendant light red

This next light, Spica was notable not so much for itself as for the LEDs in it, that have a CRI of 95! Yes, 95!! Spica is quite large, so it evenly the surface of the table under it, towards which people were unconsciously drawn. It was always occupied, so this picture was taken when the fair was not open:

Quasar Spica at Euroluce 2013 560

Spica comes in white or black and is Ø120cm:

Quasar Spica pendant light set

Finally, Sparks.

Quasar sparks system on a wall

I have already posted about this light here. Suffice it to say now, therefore, that Euroluce gave us a chance to have a really good discussion about Sparks, with its designer, Daniel Becker, whilst standing in front of a largish Sparks installation. Not only did he turn out to be a really nice guy, but I also now know a lot more about how this modular system works. So when you are ready to specify one, give us a call.


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