Among the rare earth metals the chemical element with the atomic number 13 was a late arrival, at least with regard to its discovery. It was first identified and named in the year 1808, and in 1827, scientists solved the problem of its production. In the twenties aluminium became the material representing modernity, and between 1940 and 1960 leading designers experimented with the cult material. Today architects and designers are again working with aluminium. The matt ground, anodised frames of the Esprit switch range are an outstanding example of the timeless elegance of this material. Combined for example with anthracite-coloured inserts, they have a particularly effective appearance on light grey walls or exposed concrete.
Gira Esprit aluminum
The Gira Esprit switch range offers an unusually wide diversity of materials. The concise frame design perfectly matches the selected surface materials of shiny glass, glossy gold or chrome-gloss polished metal with a special surface sealant, and ground and anodised aluminium. The cover frames of aluminium are also available in black or matt brown. The natural ground structure of the material is maintained with these variants. In addition the Gira Esprit switch range also includes wood as a material. The walnut-aluminium cover frame variant combines frames of anodised aluminium with natural grained walnut veneer. More than 280 functions that can be installed into the switch range offer maximum flexibility for all intelligent building technology requirements – from socket outlets and light switches right up to innovative systems for the automation and central control of the complete electrical installation.
The glass variants of the switch range have now been extended by Gira both in form and colour. The soft edges and rounded corners of the new frame design of Gira Esprit glass C now offer a new alternative to purism and linearity. The edges of the 6 mm thick glass frame are ground to a semicircular form with the so-called "C grinding process". And Gira has extended the spectrum of neutral glass variants with the new umber colour, a harmonious, warm tone.
Another colour tone is being added to the series of anodised-aluminium frames. With its glossy bright gold colour, the new Gira Esprit aluminium bright gold frame variant harmonises ideally with classic-luxurious living ambiances. However, they are also appealing eye-catchers when installed simply on a white wall. The subtle visible grained structure of the aluminium frames underlines the high-quality appearance.
Gira Design Team, Radevormwald
- Design Plus, light + building trade fair Frankfurt 2000
- reddot award product design, Design Zentrum NRW Essen, 2001
- Plus X Award, Design and Operating Convenience, 2009
- Plus X Award, Innovation and Design, 2010
- Interior Innovation Award, Rat für Formgebung, 2011
- Red Dot Design Award, Design Zentrum NRW Essen, 2011