Our glasses are handcrafted by glassmakers in the old tradition in European glassworks. The glassmaker takes the molten glass mass from the harbor with the glassmaker's pipe and shapes it by blowing and turning by hand in conjunction with selective cooling and the help of wooden and metal tools. He repeats this process until the raw glass mass is performed for blowing in a wooden or iron mold. This work process, as well as the tools used, has changed little in the last 1,000 years.
The demands on the glassmaker are high: He has no technical aids at his disposal and must rely solely on his years of experience. His artisanal work is physically demanding and causes a higher energy consumption than that of a steelworker. The profession of glassmaker is an apprenticeship, and manual glassmaking has been designated an intangible cultural heritage by the UNESCO Commission and the Conference of Ministers of Culture.
After the glass has been cooled slowly and in a controlled manner in a lehr for over four hours to prevent stress cracks, it is ready for further processing. Protrusions are milled off with diamond wheels, the edges are smoothed with diamond tools, and holes are drilled as required. Matte surfaces are manually satin-finished using an acid. At the end of the glass manufacturing process, quality control is carried out under daylight and artificial light.
The sophisticated manufacturing process gives each glass its own character. Hand-blown glass is a valuable, handcrafted, unique item.
With AMPHOR, ANDAO, ATAMO, and DIADEMO we present design lights that are produced with the future-oriented 3D printing process. 3D printing technology is additive manufacturing, the material is built up layer by layer and is completely used up without waste. Our 3D printing manufacturing in Germany is powered exclusively by green electricity and operates completely emission-free.
Besides the ecological manufacturing, also the material meets our requirements for environmentally friendly manufacturing and sustainability. The material of our 3D printed luminaires is a biomaterial called "liquid wood" made from renewable raw materials without petroleum. The material is biodegradable, even compostable, lightweight, stable, waterproof, UV and heat resistant, making it ideal for energy-efficient LED lights.
Of course, the other materials used in our models are also selected with sustainability in mind. The organic shapes with their biomorphic structure cannot be produced by any other process than 3D printing.
We manufacture our light fittings by hand in small series. From cutting, milling, and drilling to surface finishing: All the processing of the aluminum and steel materials we use takes place in Germany. Therefore we can guarantee strict compliance with environmental and safety standards as well as short transport distances.
Aluminum combines several advantages: A lower weight compared to most other metals, excellent heat dissipation properties to ensure long LED life, very good recyclability, and last but not least, a high-quality look and feel. An impressive effect of our product surfaces is very important to us and we achieve this by a specially developed manual surface treatment technique.
Brushing by hand creates a concise, clearly perceptible structure on the surface of the aluminum. A unique appearance and high-quality product character distinguish the fittings of our luminaires.
We collaborate with the renowned ceramic manufacturer ASA Selection for the CLAVIO series.
The handcrafted ceramic shades are refined with a unique lava surface specially developed by ASA Selection thanks to a complex melting process. The shades are produced in Europe.