The fixture emits light directed downwards. The shades have a white painted undersurface to achieve optimal light reflection and produce a characteristic symmetric light pattern around the fixture.
Peter Bysted graduated as an architect and industrial designer from The Aarhus School of Architecture in 1978. Three years prior, in a contest arranged by Louis Poulsen concerning the illumination of quarters worthy of preservation, he won second prize with ‘Bysted’, a bollard made from cor-ten steel, suggesting his interest in lighting design even then. While a student he was also very interested in graphic design and it was the combination of these two fields that would later characterise his design – and communicational firm Bysted A/S, established in Copenhagen in 1987.