Foster & Parterns
Foster + Partners is one of the most innovative architecture and integrated design practices in the world. Over the past four decades the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture through a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. Based in London, with offices worldwide, the practice has an international reputation, with buildings in six continents.
Orsa is the embodiment of precision. An elegant pendant light pared down to its essential elements, Orsa allows the light to express a larger volume.
A slim metal stem flares out at one end to form the heat-sink and housing for the LED, with a UV bonded glass cover containing the light source.
The design of the glass cover ensures that the light source remains invisible, making the pendant appear like a floating disk of light.
The design team at Foster + Partners experimented with materials, surfaces, and optics to achieve the desired lighting effects and volume.
The glass takes its shape from the focused output of the LED, which is diffused through a specially engineered etched lens that allows the light to focus over a wider area.
-Diffuser in methacrylate.
-Stem in metal.