‘The shape of ARBA follows it function, its function follows my vision, my vision follows the principle of sustainability!’ Matteo Thun
ARBA creates familiarity and discreet simplicity through the use of maple and archetypal shape. When turned on, the cylindrical diffuser displays the agility of the wood grain and makes the natural characteristics of the piece visible. ARBA combines cosiness and sustainability, and even when turned off conveys a peaceful image of nature, calmness and stability.
The German maple wood from guaranteed FSC-certified cultivation is oiled and offers unique elasticity, stability and, through the distinct fibre, a unique character. Over the years the natural product darkens lightly, giving the ARBA an additional living element. The wood filters the cool light of the energy-saving fluorescent lamp into a warm yet powerful and cosy light and creates a unique room atmosphere. The diffuser for the vertical lighting is made of solid acrylic glass with high-gloss, polished edges and directs the light in a balanced and non-glary manner. A sophisticated mechanism lets you remove the glass for lamp replacement with a single movement.
ARBA is available in four versions, as floor, table, pendant and wall lamps. With the floor and table lamps, the lampshade is held up by five sanded and oiled maple rails that enclose the lamp and lock into each other. The chamfered edges give the lamp a visual lightness despite its high stability. In a time-consuming process, the rails are naturally dried to avoid subsequent warping. A steel bar balances the pendant lamp so that it floats lightly. The power cable made of fire red textile fibre is also an accent. The wall mounting gives a corridor a familiar comfort and provides natural warmth when used as a bed reading light.
The ARBA lamp family comes with high-quality lighting electronics (DALI) and energy-saving fluorescent lamps with constant light flow, brilliant colour diffusion and long life. The floor and table lamps have a cable-integrated switch and the pendant lamp can be dimmed or switched on or off by the owner. The large pendant lamp with a diameter of 600 mm has four powerful 42W bulbs and thanks to its large amount of light, it can also be used in offices and public and high-ceilinged rooms.
Design: Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez, 2009