[SPONSORED] Delicate plywood and hard-wearing linoleum come together in Gira’s latest range of sleek switches
Gira has expanded its appealing Esprit switch series with a new range produced with two classic materials: linoleum and plywood. With this new Gira Esprit design line, the solution provider for modern building technology is for the first time offering equipment variants made from renewable raw materials.
By uniting two materials which complement one another perfectly within one switch range, the Gira Esprit Linoleum-Plywood is the ideal choice for interior design concepts in which a clear form and natural materials are favoured. Both are sourced from renewable raw materials, are robust, have a variety of uses, and are popular among architects and owners.
The frame surface is made from linoleum - a true classic. Despite being invented by chance by the English chemist Sir Frederick Walton in 1855, linoleum’s discovery has become a celebrated success story due to the fact that it was the only floor covering to be industrially produced for a long period of time.
Flexible, organic, inexpensive and customisable, linoleum was popular from its discovery until the 1950s, utilised in the interior designs of legendary Bauhaus architects including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius, who appreciated its natural appearance and durability.
Ever since, linoleum has been a standard for high-quality flooring and table coverings. It is still comprised of natural and predominantly renewable raw materials, including its main component, linseed oil, plus natural resin, wood flour, calcium carbonate and colour pigments.
Gira Esprit Linoleum-Plywood is the first switch range to incorporate linoleum. Its untreated, slightly coarse surface makes the everyday act of using the frames a particularly sensual experience in both appearance and feel. Linoleum also has several extremely practical advantages: it is very durable, has anti-static and slightly antibacterial properties, and it is also easy to clean, lending the frames to a variety of uses and allowing them to withstand high demands.
Birch plywood, which forms the frame section under the linoleum, is also a true classic of modern interior design. Especially suited to living and office areas which emphasise linear aesthetics and natural materials, shelves, tables, and chairs - including a number of design classics - have all made use of birch plywood, and Gira Esprit Linoleum-Plywood is also the first switch range to use this material.
The plywood frames, at 3.4mm thick, are five-layered cross-bonded, and therefore particularly strong. The layered structure of the outer edges offers an attractive contrast to the matt, coloured linoleum surfaces.
The birch plywood originates from sustainably managed forests in Finland and is PEFC-certified. The long, cold Nordic winter only allows trees a short period of growth each year, resulting in very thin and uniform annual rings. This makes the wood especially consistent and strong, allowing it to be used to create delicate yet robust forms and a frame with a total thickness of just 9.9mm (including carrier frame).
The Gira Esprit Linoleum-Plywood switch range is available in six different colours. The range encompasses two neutral grey shades, with anthracite offering a convincing functional elegance and providing a clear contrast to light backgrounds, while light grey harmonises smoothly with light backgrounds and sets an appealing contrast on colour backgrounds. Gira offers two earthy natural colours, dark brown and light brown. The rich, extremely deep brown conveys a stylish elegance and tranquillity. The light brown shade radiates a particularly pleasant and natural warmth. Moreover, two popular primary colours are available. In addition to a medium shade of blue which is full of character, there is a fiery yet classic red which exudes energy.
Each of these colours has been chosen to coordinate with one another, allowing for combinations on the same wall to create an individual interplay of colours.
These new design variants expand the already diverse range of materials offered by the Esprit range. Together with the Esprit glass C frame variant with soft edges and rounded corners and many others, Gira Esprit allows enormous freedom in the design of equipment to match any taste in furnishings.
Beyond aesthetics, there is a range of more than 300 functions which can be integrated into the switch range, providing solutions for all intelligent building technology requirements including socket outlets and light switches, sensors and home stations, and even Gira’s intelligent KNX systems. This vast combination of uses and finishes makes the Linoleum-Plywood a sleek and minimal addition to any setting.
See the full range at www.gira.com