Lighting Novelties 2020: enjoy optical illusions with Globe Metro

Published 15 Jun 2020

Sometimes the journey is lined with some beautiful details, which you can easily miss, if you don´t pay attention. Who has ever been in Prague´s metro, might have seen a unique feature – colored tiles on the walls. Cyril Dunděra took notice of them as well and used this impression for the chandelier Globe Metro.

These tiles were created back in the 70’s and are typical for the majority of Prague’s metro stations. The tiles combine convex and concave shapes and together they create a special visual puzzle. Dunděra implemented this visual characteristic into his glass creation.

“The tiles in the metro were always a great example of applied art for me. They look great, can shatter sound, and even distinguish each station by their color. When you sit in the metro you can learn how to identify stations just by the color of these tiles. I wanted the Globe Metro to fit into any interior, and to define it with its shape and color,” explains Dunděra.

“They symbolize a part of Prague’s urban architecture and are, most importantly, a beautiful piece of design. I wanted to emphasize the smooth form within these tiles, so that others can get a feel for its beauty too,” says Dunděra.

As a reminder of the original inspiration, the Globe Metro reflects the characteristics of metal. While the 400mm-diameter ball is all made of borosilicate glass, it is also metal-coated and comes in two different colors – rainbow blue and iris.

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