SPIKER – Superior without excess
What lies behind SPIKER luminaire? It is, without a doubt, the desire for clean lines, the elimination of the superfluous and a necessary dose of originality. The final design solution, wanting to be both modern and timeless, maintains a discreet and direct form throughout.
The robust housing tightens into elegant lines reminiscent of a wedge, which is exactly what this product is from a technological point of view; a wedge driven between the old and tired luminaire designs of the past and the style of the future. This push towards a future of lean aesthetic form without compromise on functionality includes the use of the latest LED technology, and a bold look that can be striking both in smaller and larger numbers yet does not detract from the interior design of the space. Although, to be fair, the full beauty of SPIKER is best appreciated when used as a solitary design piece in a fittingly modern interior.
That is SPIKER, in my opinion, and in the following lines I will try to describe the idea, process and technology behind this remarkable product.
It is not always easy to meet the design objectives of new, minimalistic and unique. Especially is this the case in the ‘mass’ field of office lighting where one rectangular luminaire is quickly replace by another, with the only observable difference being the technology used. However, this complicated and challenging task gave birth to an idea strong enough to actually become a new product.
This particular project is an example of when emotion is a key element in the design process from the very first idea. Therefore, sketches took over after the necessary detailed research, and the final look of the product emerged organically from this process. The idea was to create a luminaire with a sense of the untamed yet that strictly fulfilled its role. Its shape can be seen as symbolic of the direction modern illumination is taking, which is a mirage image of the light beams.
The combination of two types of optical technology, custom designed micro-reflectors along the bottom edge and side light sources, meant that the resulting business oriented design took on a horizontal shaper rather than the traditional horizontal shape. The primary optics used to support direct illumination of task areas work in perfect harmony with secondary optics that provide physiologically effective lighting, and the result is a distinctive wedge-shaped housing.
5… 4… and in the end 6 mm… the endless’ designer vs engineer’ debate to determine the width of the lower edge of the wedge design was one of many. Repeated time and again, these crucial debates threaded through the entire development process of SPIKER, and ultimately resulted in the luminaire taking on more definitive dimensions also with regard to the details. As the days passed, our experience of searching for an optimal solution grew, and with this goal only: to create a truly novel product.
The white housing in combination with opal prismatic diffusers creates a pleasant and complementary contrast with the chrome reflectors in the bottom part, from where, so to speak, all the energy is focused to send out a beam of light.