is a lighting system created by the Czech designer Thomas Varga
Directly inspired by portable lamps commonly used by mechanics, Satelite has a minimalist rock n’ roll look on its stand like a microphone that has been stood up by the performer.
A simple strip of light attached to a ball and socket system allows full freedom of movement. Available as: floor lamp, table lamp and ceiling light.
Brokis was founded in 2009 immediately creating a niche amongst contemporary firms by offering minimalistic lights that are exclusively glass, with transparent and innovative designs leading the way with the iconic table lamp Muffin (now over 2,000 sold per year). A single bulb, placed on a wooden base, like an explosion encapsulated in a disproportionate spherical glass cover later to become one of the hallmarks of the young Czech designer Lucie Koldova now artistic director of the brand. Initially a response to the 2008 crisis, it was paramount to reposition the expertise of Bohemian glassblowers in an ultra contemporary country where the players are not in such large numbers. Brokis as in broki, a Latino slang term used in New York by young people to hail each other, the equivalent of bro
in black communities. A fruit of the double Czech and Puerto Rican origin of the founder, Jan Rabell, broki is also a term that refers to a small decorative glass piece amongst Bohemian glassblowers.
In four years, Brokis became a leading brand in contemporary lighting, blowing its products in the same factory as Flos, Artemide, Foscarini and Louis Poulsen in the Czech countryside 150 km from Prague. Unique expertise bordering industry and crafts, each Brokis piece passes between the hands of 25 people. Pieces comprise 3 successive layers of glass, the ultra-transparency of which imposes an inevitable quality control, as faults are made visible by the design. With 9 ovens and 72 people, the Brokis production site is currently undergoing expansion, devising products to recycle the glass offcuts dismissed by the principal line that were previously discarded.
Next April, the brand will unveil its first collection devoted to the contract market in Euroluce
. An outdoor line is on the cards to extend the range and turn the start-up into a veritable all-round lighting company capable of taking the limelight.
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