Inspired by the idea that light could be harnessed and manipulated to create physical sculptures, Gweilo is a lighting project by architecture practice Partisans. Made in collaboration with the manufacturer Parachilna, thermoforming is used to heat acrylic sheets to industrial temperatures, until they reach the point where they become flexible. Each one is then shaped into freestanding, wave-like forms and fitted with an LED strip that will last for 30-40 years. In tribute to its otherworldly quality, the series takes its name from a Cantonese word meaning ‘white ghost’ or ‘white dragon’.

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