Downtown Design: Preciosa showcases lighting that mimics Islamic calligraphy

Czech lighting manufacturer Preciosa exhibited its Islamic-inspired ‘Ridge Stones- Kuf’ at Downtown Design, designed by duo Jan Vacek and Martin Smid of Vacek and Smid Studio.

The glass wall is made up of a modular system of decorative lighting elements that can be used for both residential and commercial projects.

The basic design of the modular system comes from the regular repetitive arrangement of glass stones that are perpendicular to the lampshade plate, alternately rotated at a 90 degree angle.

Inspired by Kufic calligraphy, the oldest form of Arabic script developed in Kufa, Iraq, the square shape of each glass stone mimics Kufic’s calligrams that are written in square shapes.


The lighting design was commended at numerous awards, in addition to receiving first place at the IDA Awards for design in Los Angeles.


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