The Making of Tempo by Lievore Altherr

Created by the design team Lievore Altherr, Vibia’s Tempo was inspired by lighting archetypes throughout history from various regions and cultures around the world. In what they call an “evolving of tradition,” the designers reduced these familiar forms to their most essential expression—recasting them in abstract and minimal silhouettes that rendered them more relevant to contemporary usage.


tempo collection by Lievore Altherr


The collection is available in three streamlined styles, each retaining a distinct look and feel while also fulfilling the designers’ goal of creating a single, unified lighting system. One lamp features a classic round bulb paired with a spare, disc-shaped shade that directs light downwards.


Tempo hanging lamp - Vibia


Another reinterprets the timeless glass globe in an oval diffuser with progressively opaque glass that emits a soft glow.


Tempo wall lighting


The third style in the collection features a triangular bulb with translucent, opal glass for a diffuse, ambient light.


pendant lighting – tempo collection


The most innovative part of the collection, according to the designers, was the use of LED technology. It allowed them to reduce the size of the fixtures and modernize the shapes without concern that the bulb would occupy too much space.

They could also minimize the volume of the filaments—or eliminate the filament altogether “to create a bulb that wasn’t a bulb,” explains Dennis Park, one of the designers. The inside of the bulb can appear as if nothing is there, creating what Park calls an “eerie, airy feel” that captures the collection’s exploration of opacity, translucency, and transparency.


Tempo wall lamp


Tempo’s glass diffusers are available in a clean-lined pendant or cantilevered wall sconce and come in a range of finishes to suit myriad styles and spaces.