An introduction to GIO -- linear pendants in glass and marble

GIO LUZON linear pendant lightOne of the delights of the fine lighting industry is the really interesting people who, on their own or with their family, build a business making high quality, individual luminaires. Georg Eisenhut, of GIO, is a case in point. When he is not working on his unique collection of lights, he is thinking through, in great technical detail, issues such as what form golf clubs should now take, to keep up with the more radical permitted changes in the specification of golf balls.

His specialization is linear pendants. You can see the full collection here. He works primarily in two materials: quartz/marble, and glass. The picture at the top of this post is a Luzon in azul do macaubas. Here are some more (though note that it is a characteristic of such materials that they do not photograph well. You need to see them for yourself, and move around them -- as with crystal):

GIO cx 60 salmao linear pedant light

Azul do macaubas again:

GIO CARRE_X_60 MACAUBAS linear pendant light

Carré X/40 -- L1214mm:

GIO Carre X 40 (Estremoz) linear pendant light

Carrara marble:

GIO CARRE X 60 CARRARA linear pendant light

Part of the skill is finding appropriate and interesting marble or quartz. The azul do macaubas (above) for example, is mined from one hill in Brazil, of which the geological history has imparted both blue and brown into the quartz.

As the specifier, recognize that every one will be a little different. They are all semi-transparent, so the halogen lamps inside shine through, bringing out the character of the particular piece of quartz GIO have chosen. We have samples of the marbles/quartzes being used (and also of the glasses) for you to see.

Their visual impact is stunning: the are beautiful, unusual and clearly a natural  substance. This impact is partly due to the fact that each piece is a monolith -- a single piece of marble drilled out, not thin panels joined at the edges. (They are shipped in purpose-made hardwood crates.)

How can you use them? For example, to draw attention to the concierge desk in a hotel, or where to pay in a shop. They will glow in the underused space that is below the ceiling but above all the desks, chairs &c. to help users of the space navigate to where they want to go. The halogen lights inside them cast plenty of light down onto the table, desk or pool table below -- these lights are also very practical

Quieter, but just as beautiful, are the linear pendants that Georg makes using glass.

No design could be cleaner: the halogen capsules are small enough to fit into the depth of the glass! This is GIO's Nera:

GIO NERA GX glass linear pendant

Other shapes include the ship-like Queen Elizabeth:

GIO QUEEN ELIZABETH 110 linear pendant light

The colour of the glass can be exploited -- this is Nera XL:

GIO NERA XL linear pendant light

as can the thickness. Cuartel:

GIO Cuartel klar24 linear pendant light

These glass linear pedants are ideal for clients who want truly minimal, or for any location where you do not want the light to be distracting, or to block too much of the view -- out of a window, for example. Though when you do look at them, you want them to be beautiful!

But GIO does not only produce linear pendants! Here is a round glass Glasnost...

GIO Glasnost 105 glass pendant light

...and there is a range of wall lights, both in glass and also in the various quartzes and marbles, so that you can match them to the pendants you choose.

So what happens when Georg gives free rein to the playful side of his character? Well, this does:

GIO Golden Gate bridge pendant light

I can tell more easily than you can what is going on here, partly because, with all the world's fine lighting to choose from, I had one of these in my office. It is the Golden Gate Bridge, as a linear pendant, in the correct international orange. But it can do something the real bridge can't, best seen in the three pictures of GIO's other bridge -- the Ultra Marin:

GIO Ultra Marin linear pendant light

The ends can be folded in: fully folded out, the bridge is 160cm long. Both ends folded in, it is just L80cm. So, playful and practical at the same time.

And here is Georg's poetic side -- the En-tece-em:

GIO EN-TECE-EM linear pendant lightSo, as you can see, a fabulous, unique collection, the creation of one man doing what he loves, very well.



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Milan 2013: Penta -- a sure-footed collection that just get better the closer you look!

PENTA JULIETTE floor and table lights set By the end of one's last day at Euroluce, one is tired and unresponsive. I was lucky therefore that I finished on a high note, being shown the Penta display by the charming and efficient Mariarosa. It was that rare thing -- a stand with no duds!

We'll post separately about two designs, Tic Toc and Glo Mini, later this week.

The first light featured in this post, and shown above, is Juliette by Carlo Colombo. At first glance, it is  a simple, unfussy 21st century design reminiscent of the mid 20th century, the 1930s -- Félix Aublet,  for example. The closer look reveals excellent proportions, neatly patterned electrical cable, and a marble base.

There are three sizes -- a floor-standing light, H1700mm:

PENTA JULIETTE floor light carlo colombo

and two sizes of table light, H550mm and H300mm:


in black nickel, or white or light blue or red. The bases are in white carrara marble or black marquinia marble. The weight of the marble allows the bases to be crisply cut discs, in proportion to the rest of the design.

Klint, by Penta's art director, Umberto Asnago, is an unusual glass table light, in two sizes, Ø300 H300mm, and Ø150mm H280mm:


There are two separately switched LED light sources in the base -- one in the centre and one around the outside, allowing different amounts and intensity of light. The result is a choice of two elegant glass sculptures that also happen to be sources of adjustable ambient light:

PENTA KLINT table lights set

Finally, designed for Penta by Daniel Debiasi and Federico Sandri of the design studio Something, there is Labo, so called because the inspiration was laboratory glassware (an extremely specialized field, demanding bespoke work of astonishing accuracy, as practised by ASO Glassblowers [01235 834477]  who are next door to our warehouse):

PENTA LABO concept by Something


Like Juliette, there is a floor version, total height 1,490mm:

PENTA LABO floor light

and two sizes of table version, H550mm and H330mm, in clear, blue or smoked glass:

PENTA LABO table lights

That link to specialist glass working is justified because the complex shape of these lights is apparently made with no seams. The result is very pure -- no joints, springs &c.:

PENTA LABO table light floor light detail

Yes, you see the cable going up through the centre to the lamp, but that now becomes an attractive detail. Again, as you look closer, you see that they have thought about the cable -- it is plaited and in a choice of colours, yellow or black.

Penta's collection is very varied -- there is no "typical" Penta light, which is a strength but also a problem at the simple level of remembering what they do. Sadly, they are not on Architonic yet, so they are not in our LIGHT FINDER, meaning that your search results won't show their lights, however relevant they may be. Therefore, it behoves one to get their catalogue down and to go through it periodically. Of course, Cameron Peters Fine Lighting staff will draw lights by this excellent company to your attention whenever they suit your brief.

penta labo drawing



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Trending: marble lights -- Serafini, Produzione Privata and Gio

Serafini marble pendant detail Serafini fiamma16 marble group

We welcome with enthusiasm the trend for marble lights. Serafini Marmo Luce is young company currently working in calacatta marble (above) and travertine (below)

Serafini travertine strato grande detailserafini travertine Strato Large 2Calacatta marble is very similar to carrara marble -- it looks pretty much the same and it is also mined at Carrara (where the village square is paved with marble and where, after a busy day at the marble face, the miners go back to the bar to eat the finest lardo and drink English beer). We are indebted to fellow blogger Houzz for a useful post Carrara vs Calacatta Marble: what is the Difference? Calacatta is rare than carrara and is considered a luxury stone.

The best way to bring out the quality of the material is to shine light through it. By cutting into the marble more in some places than others, the translucency varies:

Serafini marble fiamma25 pendant 02And, although a noble material associated with big sculptures and buildings, it works fine on a small scale also:

Serafini marble table light 6371This light is 50cm high (the shade being 25cm high).

Because travertine is holey, its effect is different, but very lively and interesting:

Serafini travertine pendantAnd travertine works on a very large scale -- after all, it is what Rome is made of!

Serafini travertine strato_out_007Other marble lights have come from companies with the very finest pedigree -- the Canova pendant and ceiling from Michele de Lucchi's Produzione Privata in Milan...

Canova produzione privata sospensione

Produzione Privata Canova soffitto

...whilst in a picturesque medieval barn in Germany, Georg Eisenhut of Gio is using carrara and other marbles to make glorious long, linear pendants. The light source is halogen, so a proper light is cast downwards onto the table (or whatever) beneath, and these lights glow in a way that draws people across a crowded room like moths to a lamp. Ideal not just for rectangular dining tables and snooker/pool/billiards tables, but also for reception desks in hotels. Here is his Carré X in carrara marble

Gio carré x 60 carrara marble pendant

and a tiny matching wall light, Pix, also in the carrara marble version:

GIO PIX_CARRARA marble wall light

Finally, &Tradition will soon be adding to their collection Mass Light, designed for them by Norm Architects in Copenhagen.

&Tradition MASS LIGHT marble pendant normIn this case, the structure (i.e. the bit that is not the translucent globe), which would normally be metal or something, is made of marble. It took them a long time and much searching to find a marble with graining that would work in such a small piece. But we saw Mass Light at Maison et Objet in January 2012 and it looked very good. Several can be hung together:

&Tradition MASS_LIGHT pendant group NormIt is scheduled for release in June 2012.

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