Ascent
Daniel Rybakken Thursday 28 Mar 2013

Ascent is an object of striking poetic content, halfway between emotion and reason. The fundamental novelty lies in the unusual gesture made to turn on the lamp, adjust its intensity or turn it off. A vertical movement, very different from the typical way of using a dimmer. The small shade slides along the slender stem with a fl uid, continuous motion, from top to bottom and vice versa, dimming the light output by moving the head up and down. An intriguing gesture whose simplicity actually conceals a complex process of design and engineering. The unit, contains all the mechanisms necessary to make the sliding motion as soft and pleasing as possible.

Ascent produces many levels of light intensity, using a precise dimmer located on the stem. It has an electronic circuit that transmits input to the microprocessor, which interprets the change of state of the lamp and emits, as a result, different intensities of light. 

Ascent inverts the proportions between the shade and the body of the lamp, reinventing the table lamp archetype. The shade is an aluminium housing with a semi-gloss paint fi nish. The stem is slender but solid, in extruded thermoplastic, offering a glimpse of the electronic circuit. Ascent comes in two versions, with an anchor bolt for tables, or with a base.

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