- Ross Gardam
Ceto captures the variation and rippling of the surface of the ocean. Each piece reflects a unique pattern, emitting a delicate luminosity, highlighting the presence of the sea. The Ceto collection defines a new universal language for decorative lighting. The various configurations of the Ceto light all share a delicate balance between the organic glass elements and the machined aluminium components. Each light source appears to be simply pressed onto the supporting tube with no visible connections. This ingenious connection method takes on an organic form and gives the product an overarching lightness.
The glass element is a unique and distinctive component of the product. Each glass shade offers an individual pattern, making each piece completely individual, just like rippling on the surface of the ocean. The innovative way we have utilised the LED technology, which is all hidden with no visible fasteners, is also a unique approach in this project. Many hours were undertaken testing LED technology, developing our heat sink, creating our own diffuser sets, creating a hidden joining method to make the product wholly modular, and having the glass heads screw and fasten on the product.
We always try to be disciplined with our material use and selection process based on their effectiveness and environmental credentials. Aluminium was chosen for this project with the understanding it has a high embodied energy; however, we accessed this against its strength, weight, and material finish abilities. The glass elements were selected because of the unique attributes combined with the ability for recycling. The LED light used has excellent energy efficiency with 50,000 hours of use. The module has been designed for easy retrofitting at the end of life. All Ross Gardam products have a product stewardship program.
This sculptural luminaire spans chandeliers, floor lamps, wall lighting, and pendant varieties, cumulating in the most extensive collection the Melbourne based studio has produced to date.
One of the critical challenges of the product was the development of the Glass. The unique form achieved in the Glass was developed through experimentation with traditional optic glass blowing techniques. The rippled glass effect is formed on the inner side of the shade while the external shape remains consistent. The Glass is blown into a preliminary mold, called the optic, before being blown into the final mold, which gives the Glass its absolute form. Glass has a memory, so the pattern in the optic mold is represented in the complete object.
After testing how mouth-blown Glass reacted in various existing optics, the Ross Gardam team developed a contemporary geometric formed optic. This geometric pattern, combined with the variation inherent in the blowing technique created the diverse and subtle patterns desired