Tetra light by Peter Liversidge and Asif Khan



Artist Peter Liversidge and architect Asif Khan will present their Tetra lights at the Container Ground during Tokyo Designers Week, which opens at the end of this month.


The prototype lighting system is made from aluminium and hand-blown glass.


Components can be joined and re-arranged using connecting tubes of various lengths.


The project was one of five winning entries to our Dezeen x Design Association competition. We will announce the other winning proposals soon.


Photographs by Marius W. Hansen.

The following information is from the designers:


Tetra light is a modular lighting system being shown for the first time in its prototype state at Tokyo Design Week.


It is one of a number of collaborative design projects which artist Peter Liversidge and architect Asif Khan have been developing over the past ten months.


Khan and Liversidge are neighbours who explore design through conversation. By designing together they find unexepected conclusions to their investigations.


The lights are made from CNC machined aluminium and are fused using the same adhesives that hold aircraft wings together. The intense colour is imparted through the stove-enamelling process. Each diffuser is bespoke hand-blown glass. The light components are fully modular. They interconnect easily creating opportunites for diverse architectural and sculptural lighting.


Khan and Liversidge will be showing their Tetra light at Tokyo Design Week "Container Ground" competition winners section from 30th October to 3th November 2008.


Lights: 420x420mm
Interconnects: 3mm,300mm,600mm,900mm, 1200mm, 1500mm

Aerospace aluminium, borosilicate glass, stove enamel

G9 Tungsten Halogen 40w



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  • jet

    boring… impractical… even against a white background it does not look good

  • marcos

    beautiful project!!

  • Looks weird. Reminds me of balloon-figures which clowns always do on birthday-parties.

  • Georg

    Always this talk of practical this, practical that. What is practical? Is a duck filled platypus practical? Would God have made any creatures if he had thought – “is that big long trunk practical?”. It is a question of perspective – an Ocean or sea is a practical resource for obtaining fish, but remains impractical if you happen to want to cross it and have not a boat. Boxer shorts – sure, yah, for men they are practical, but they do not speak to the inner beauty of things. Now consider this – a minimised art of male undergarment, allowing the full expression of the behind when wearing summer casuals. Now talk to me of practical.

  • mama

    I quite like it, nice late 70’s italian design feel to it. Nice colours. Probably useless as lights but nice to have around anyway.

  • zuy

    pratical vs pratical is the debate here ….I have a Sottsass lamp not pratical and a lot of famous designers products not very pratical. For me, times are changing now because of climate change + financial crisis and the most important problem is the energy :halogen and incandescent lamp will disapear asap

  • Simone b

    I’m interested by this project.
    I like it.
    I like the suggested system of growth and I think as a larger installation it would more clearly display it’s architectural qualities and it’s potential for creating a dialogue in it’s surrounding space.
    I’m much more interested in the potential of these lights as architectural elements used to generate a space than as products.
    It does also remind me a bit of Tom Dixon Jack Lamp, lets hope it brings you the same success.

  • zuy

    Tom Dixon designed Jack Lamp in 1997 with a rotationally moulded plastic body for use as a table base, foot stool or light….

  • Tp

    Came on everybody!!!!!

    It`s a very nice lamp!!!!

    I like a lot.

    People here like`s to demolish the other`s work.

  • zuy

    The design debate it’s not only ” it’s nice” VS. “it’s not nice ” … i like the concept

  • zuy

    …but G9 Tungsten Halogen 40w for each light is not good choice for a metallic multi lights lamp with small closed borosilicate glass and also for the planet

  • joe

    The color annoys me. It seems like maybe the colors look good in full sunlight but then lose their lustre in the artificial light? Maybe it’s a camera issue. But they don’t seem to mesh with each other, not quite the right saturation and intensity. I think the color takes a lot away from the light otherwise. I think this design needs a few major revisions, or perhaps to be stolen by someone else and reinterpreted.

  • for the people who likes this modular lighting system , please go an check my ” genetic lighting ” wich i have designed in 2002….. this modular system is made out of PEHD and still in production . it looks very near no ? i’ ll be glad to have your feed back ….

  • Eric J. Stoner

    These are a dead ringer (albeit many times larger) for molecular model kits many organic chemists use. Singly bonded carbon atoms are tetrahedral in nature. Here’s a link – I could not find a pic of the ones without the white circular Hydrogens. http://www.indigo.com/molecular_models/student_sets/#.Uv58TvldV8E