Kranen/Gille’s cast-aluminum light fixture resembles a submarine or airship. It glides through the air, tethered to the ceiling by nearly invisible steel wires. A thick black cable connects the light to its power source. This interplay between weight and weightlessness makes Luftschiff a dramatic, thought-provoking addition to a dining room or office environment.
“Luftschiff” is German for “airship.” Kranen/Gille’s design references the torpedo-shaped airship commonly called the Zeppelin. The nickname honors the aircraft’s inventor, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.