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The Alphabet of Light: A to Z from BIG

Bjarke Ingels Group creates words and numbers using light.

December 20, 2017 |
The full lineup of BIG and Artemide's Alphabet of Light

Courtesy Artemide/BIG

Through the use of LED-illuminated tubes  in opaque injection-molded acrylic, Bjarke Ingels Group has created a new font known as the Alphabet of Light, which can be used to design lighting in spaces with letters, numbers, or graphic signs.

Custom light fixtures are created using simple base modules with specific geometric proportions that can be combined to create linear or curved structures of light. The resulting numbers and letters can be hung on the wall and combined with linear and circular shapes suspended from the ceiling.

Alphabet of Light includes 29 uppercase letters, 29 lowercase letters, and 10 numbers. The uppercase letters are between 95 cm and 116 cm tall and 65 cm and 95 cm wide (with the exception of “I”). Lowercase letters are 65-95 cm tall, and 5-95 cm wide. The fixtures mount 9 cm from the wall and have a maximum mounting distance of 15 feet from the remote driver.


BIG's Alphabet of LightCourtesy of Artemide/BIG.


Alphabet of Light Suspension offers two choices: Alphabet of Light Linear, available in 120 cm, 180 cm, and 240 cm lengths; and Alphabet of Light Circular, available in diameters of 90 cm (six modules assembled) and 155 cm (eight modules).

Each fixture uses brushed aluminum support pins and offers continuous 360-degree light emission from a patent-pending mixing chamber. Power consumption varies from 8W for an “I” to 32W for an “Æ.” Life expectancy: 50,000 hours.

Bjarke Ingels Group designed the Alphabet of Light collection in collaboration with Artemide.

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