"Xtal Gacrux" is the latest addition to Ryuichi Kozeki's "Xtal" collection, launched in 2015 for Ambientec. The Japanese designer named the lamp after one of the brightest stars in the constellation of the Southern Cross.
The crystal lampshade, supported by an aluminum base, features a unique hand-carved pattern that adds new light refraction effects to the collection. The hand cuts are executed with exceptional precision, resulting in perfectly clean diagonal intersections. However, due to their delicate nature, processing these cuts proved to be extremely challenging. It took five years to develop the necessary technology to make them feasible for production.
RYUICHI KOZEKI carries out a wide variety of activities, from product design to spatial and graphics, overseeing projects from a multilateral perspective and also handling brand direction by covering those wide-ranging activities. This involves taking an approach that scrutinizes the balance between the realistic parts like material and technique, and the parts that influence sensitivity like impression and atmosphere, understanding the context, and at times renewal. After graduating from the Department of Design at Tama Art University, KOZEKI was apprenticed to Toshiyuki Kita. He opened his own design studio RKDS in 2011 and has received a number of awards, including the iF Design Award, Good Design Award Special Award and Best 100.
The crystalline form of this cordless table lamp—each one immaculately cut by master craftsmen—refracts the light in magical ways, producing an ethereal tapestry of light the moment the lamp is swi
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