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2020-1-31

We have 2 big announcement! 

We will be implementating these 2 new function into all GUILIN versions for FREE:

1) Touch sensitive On/Off:

2) Photocatalytic Environment Cleansing Technology:

This is the big one as confirmed by one of our Italian collaboration scientist late last night that our Photocatalytic Environment Cleansing Treatment works perfectly with proven laboratory data.

Photocatalysis is a process that uses any visible light (natural or artificial) to activate certain naturally occurring minerals to cleanse the environment of:

  • 99.9% Bacteria such as Salomonella and E-Coli 
  • Carbon Dioxide 
  • Nitrogen Oxide 
  • Formaldehyde
  • Odors and Molds

This treatment will last FOREVER as it will be embedded into our Acrylic Mountains! The more mountains you have on your Lampscape, the better it will cleanse the environment with the standard Guilin (4 Various Size Hills) able to cleanse an area approx of 1.8 meter cubic volume.

We have been working on this for all our lighting design for over 2 years as you can see in our early 2018 GUILIN concept video:

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Above is the first photocatalysis test done on our other lamp FOGLIA in late 2018 and shows a standard Air Quality Measurement device dropping in pollutant figures under any lighting condition. 

This is why GUILIN was designed as a rather large desk-lamps as this technology is most effective proportional to the given photocatalytic surface area. Certifications will be arriving from the coming months in Italy from several very prominent Universities.

Please read more about photocatalysis here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photocatalysis

Both new technologies will be applied to all version of GUILIN below:

We believe we have just invented a new category in lighting design!

We call it a Lampscape, the Guilinscape.  With etched acrylic mountains that sit on an illuminated base, Guilin lamp lights up your room with an ambient glow while also adding sculptural beauty to one’s space.

The light shines through the base and the clear mountains, bouncing off the lines etched into the acrylic. Designed as an ode to nature, Guilin is a Living Design and Lighting Element and you can transform it infinitely. You give shape to your own glowing landscape.

 The amount of mountains you slot and their position can create Different Lighting Effects, much like a physical, interactive dimmer mechanism:

 Placed the Guilin lampscape on a glossy reflective surface and it mimics the feeling of staring at the mountains sitting right behind the lake!

When you think of China and its fabled mountains in ancient mythology, you are thinking of the famous Guilin Mountains.

Years ago SUGO founders Kevin Chu and Giulia Di Bonaventura went on an adventure trip to Guilin Mountains and there they were mesmerized by the mythical scenery and always thought one day on using the mist filled mountainous elements to create a design paying tribute to this region. In the beginning Kevin drew up a few criteria for the design to create a lamp that is:

  • Unique and Revolutionary
  •  a Functional Illuminating sculpture 
  •  with Infinite Customization Possibilities to extend its design longevity 
  •  made with Sustainable Materials 
  • Simple and Elegant as abstracted visualization of the inspired elements 

and after 883 Days of hard work, here we are.

GUILIN Lamp base comes with 3 finishes: Matt White, Matt Black or Hand Brush Brass. The acrylic mountains are available in two different versions: Standard (with laser engraved grooves) and The GUILIN DAWN (with nano-tech acrylic material).   

The GUILIN DAWN uses our World Exclusive Italian nano-tech acrylic material that changes to a beautiful orange/yellow tint when the lamp is on and magically becomes near transparent when the lamp is off.

We don't make cheap disposable designs but works of art that consider Mother Earth.

Click on Logo and learn more about our Sustainable Paint

Unleash your creativity and CombineLayer or Joint Horizontally several GUILIN into an ever-changing rolling Lampscape.

Made of Sustainable High Quality Materials and Components, GUILIN consists of a rectangular steel base that is embedded with low voltage warm white (2700K) LED lighting. 5mm thick Glass Fiber Reinforced Acrylic Panels can be placed inside the 3 slots in the base. When the light is switched on the acrylic mountains will absorb the vertical illumination into its Surgical Grade laser engraved lines. 

  • 1 Stainless Steel Base with 2700K Warm White Low Voltage LED Internals
  • 4 Glass Fiber Reinforced Acrylic Mountains 
  • 110-220v Power Supply for all International Markets Standards with all appropriate socket adaptors
  • CE, FCC, ROHS, CCC certifications

WANT TO ADD MORE MOUNTAINS?

2019 November in China- GUILIN production version was first shown in China Shenzhen International Design Fair at the Italy's A Design Award Booth with enormous fan fare!

2019 Septemeber in Paris Maison & Objet Furniture Fair- SUGO's own exhibition booth with some of our other lamps collection. GUILIN was shown here in prototype form but was sold to a private collector within the first day of the show's opening.

If you have scroll down this far, we are practically family!

It has been a really long journey, close to 3 years from 2017 to the start of 2020. We have been patient and made sure that our first design, GUILIN, has been through enough stringent quality control and global recognition before we are confident to launch this to you. The amount we pledge is just to cover our factories Minimum Manufacturing Quantity in order to give you such a Reasonably Priced and Multi-Award Winning product. As you can see in our campaign, we didn't skim on any materials or production cost as well as environmental considerations as we want our first product to really be a representation of our new Biophilia Creations. 

A timelapse of our long journey from 2017 to 2020

We have been great supporters of the Kickstarter platform and know the frustration of late delivery, manufacturer poor quality control and empty promises so we incubated our design idea for nearly 1 and half years to learn everything that was wrong in a lot of campaigns. That is why unlike most campaigns that use agents to find production facility, we deal directly in factories in Italy and China. This is why our delivery date (although one can never predict natural disasters!!) is as accurate as we can predict as we already tested the production and shipping timing of GUILIN. 

Kevin Chu and Giulia Di Bonaventura, the East and West + Married founders of SUGO
SUGO Biophilia Furnitures

SUGO was born in 2018 with the sole mission of creating ground breaking contemporary Biophilia furniture designs. Started by husband and wife team Kevin Chu and Giulia Di Bonaventura they are serious lovers of nature and wanted to fuse advance sustainable technologies with nature inspired ideas. All the designs focus on working with or giving back to nature. 

COC design

Kevin is also the founder and director of COC design based in Hong Kong and Italy and was educated in Architectural Association and Bartlett School of Architecture in London under world renowned architects Peter Cook and Marcos Cruz and was the sole recipient of Bartlett Archigram Design Award in 2001.  Giulia, who hails from Abruzzo region of Italy has extensive experience working with Italy/China Design Education industry. 

With over 20 years in the architecture and design industry SUGO and COC design have won over 50 international awards (including Lexus Awards Japan, Reddot Design Award Germany, IDA Los Angeles USA, A Design Award Italy, Architizer USA, Red Star Award China, Chicago Athenaeum Award USA, Perspective Award Hong Kong) and have been featured in international design publications (including DesignBoom, DesignMilk, Home Journal, Design 360, IDEAT magazine, Terraforme, Perspective Magazine, Home Italia, Architectural Digest, Architizer).

and in 2019 December Kevin was extremely honored to receive the WORLD No 1 Ranking accolade for Futuristic Designer by famed A Design Award based in Como, Italy!!

Risks and challenges

We understand the risk of missing deadlines and delivery dates in any crowdfunding platform, we have been supporters of many campaigns in the pass and have all been frustrated with products below expectations and unending delays, we studied for over 2 years and as guinea pigs to learn from these mistakes. That is why we waited so long for GUILIN to be launch on the market as we wanted to make sure the design is way ahead of prototype stage and matured into full production capacity. It was much more arduous and a lot more financial resources has to be spent but we are glad to tell you we are ready for production and already achieved all international certifications and patents. Now we just need your assistant to help us reach the financial target of minimum production quantity in order to begin the full production process. We are currently working on some minor hardware improvements and packaging as well graphic designs and actually a few GUILIN lamps has already been sold to private collectors so all in all we know exactly where we stand! Please allow for 2-3 weeks for delivery. Most of GUILIN is assembled in China but for GUILIN DAWN version the acrylic hills may be sent direct from our Italian factory. Please also note that Custom Clearance cost, if any, shall be borne by the addressee. We are not able to eliminate Custom Clearance cost of your countries and we cannot declare a lower value than that of your donation. In the event, at your choice, you decided not to pay for Custom Clearance for the product, the package will be a abandoned at Customs point and we will not issue any refund.

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Environmental commitments

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Long-lasting design

GUILIN is not a cheap toy or useless gadget filling up landfills around the world. It is a Work of Art. We have designed GUILIN with the best material we can sourced to make sure the product has great durability and the design can be customized far into the future. We hope this is a lamp that will be with you for years to come and possibly pass on to the next generation!

Sustainable materials

-Acrylic made from 40% recycle plastic! -Steel structural base instead of the usual cost saving molded polypropylene plastic! -Even our paint is Zero VOC, Formaldehyde and Carcinogen Emission Free. -Also the entire lamps is 100% recyclable but we hope you don't throw it away so soon!!

Environmentally friendly factories

All our collaboration factories are of extremely high level/low quantity production and follows all the international environmental regulations as well as workers' rights unions. We choose factories that can handle groundbreaking designs and not that many can meet our stringent standards. We don't produce cheap to earn big bucks but produce fairly with long lasting products that treats our workers and planet RIGHT.