at the interior design show toronto (IDS) 2017, partisans celebrates the launch of its first product ‘gweilo’. as part of the ‘partisans factory’, each ‘gweilo’ light will be hand-sculpted using thermoforming techniques on site, allowing optical grade acrylic sheets to be sculpted while still in their hot plastic state. ‘the factory’ at IDS will showcase the art of manufacturing in action, where visitors will be able to experience the thermoforming process and order their own tailor-made ‘gweilo’ lights on site.

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in partnership with lightform, partisans is taking its early studies of ‘gweilo’ from prototype to product. the series of luminaries redefines the typology by transforming the source itself into sculpted radiance, shaping and harnessing the dynamic movement of light. when LEDs are diffused across the acrylic sheets, their luminescent output is amplified, resulting in an infinite set of silhouettes and sizes. bending like light rays themselves, ‘gweilo’ gives an architectural effect to the way a light source normally emits luminescence, delineating space and creating a ghostly ambiance whether used as an accent, divider, or centerpiece.

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at IDS 2017, partisans is ‘bringing mass customization to the public and turning it into a live performance piece’. the design team will be hand-sculpting lights alongside architect omar gandhi, painter steve driscoll, sculptor harley valentine, and designer tommy smythe. IDS visitors will be able to custom-form of their own lights at ‘the factory’, and will also have a chance to win a ‘gweilo’ light by following partisans architecture and lightform on instagram and tagging their photos with #partisansfactory during the event. proceeds from the lights formed with guest artists will be donated to habitat for humanity.

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