The dichroic glass creates different color combinations depending on the angle of the shade, which can be turned 360 o by a small brass knob at its side.
Constructed from machined brass, Janus utilizes strong, simple shapes to evoke its namesakes, the Roman god of transitions and the planet Saturn's outermost ring
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Brooklyn-based design studio Trueing has released their first product, a brass table lamp called Janus, which uses dichroic glass to create an aurora-like experience. The lamp is named for the two-faced Roman deity of transitions as well as the planet Saturn’s outermost ring, two distinct, yet connected symbols.

Posted 19 October 2016

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Trueing designed the lamp in the spirit of planetary movement and deep space, focusing on their desire to create a transitional object that evolves with its environment.

Janus, designed by Brooklyn studio Trueing, is a rotating brass table lamp constructed with a dichroic glass shade
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To achieve this experience, Trueing equipped the lamp with a shade of color-changing dichroic glass positioned at the center of a halo of dimmable LEDs. A small knob at its side allows the user to rotate the shade 360º, casting different colors of light as it rotates.
When Janus is turned off, the dichroic qualities render the glass as mirrored, colored, or transparent depending on the ambient light.

“This project began with an interest in the adaptability of dichroic glass. We spent weeks living with it, placing samples around our studio and observing how it would change based on the time of day, its position, the weather, etc. What amazed us was that the glass never created the same effect twice; each experience was unique and momentary as the world changed around it. From that realization, the idea for Janus was born.”
- Josh Metersky, Co-Founder of Trueing

During the day, ambient light creates reflective, transparent or colored effects as light conditions change
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When turned on, a ring of LEDs points inwards to illuminate the dichroic glass, throwing a rainbow of colors into a dark room.
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Brass was chosen to evoke the elemental nature of the design, which balances simple shapes and stripped-down materials.
“In using dichroic glass—which was invented by NASA—and brass, we’re echoing the delicate, yet incredibly durable design of objects like Apollo 13 or Sputnik. We see part of the concept as an update on the formal language of mid-century space-age design.”
- Aiden Bowman, Co-Founder of Trueing

Trueing is a young, Brooklyn-based studio founded by Josh Metersky and Aiden Bowman. With backgrounds in design, art history and engineering, the two partners take an all-encompassing approach to product development. As a result, Trueing’s projects balance the aesthetic, functional and social implications of creating goods in a contemporary and globalized world. As more and more is expected from those objects with which we share our lives, Trueing draws on research and experience to bring thoughtful new additions into the fray.

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