Stilvi has been founded in 1995 with its headquarters in Athens. Our company owes its name and creative genius to the idea of the “scale of lighting”, as it is represented by the mythological goddess Stilbe, who personified the glittering effect of the trembling reflection of light on water. On the other hand, Stilb has equally served humanity in an apparently rational manner, as a unit for luminance, prior to the currently broadly adopted cd/m2. Correspondingly, when it comes to Lighting Design, we at Stilvi consider our destiny, in the quest for harmony between vision and reason and for proportionate balance between compulsory standards and voluntary excellence.
These features have shaped our innovation-friendly stance towards disruptive changes. This is why we, as devoted early adopters, launched, already in 1999, white LED technology (s. here), only 5 years after the invention of the first high brightness blue LED by the Nobel Prize Winner, Shuji Nakamura. The shift from the position of the innovation adopter to that of the innovation creator was instigated in 2001 with our involvement into lighting research on the occasion of a project about Holographic optical elements for high efficiency illumination, solar control and photovoltaic power in buildings (s. here). Since then we have been maintaining our spectroradiometric provisions.
In 2014 we started conveying our knowledge by sharing our experience with aspiring lighting designers during a series of International Lighting Design Workshops, taking place in Greece every year since then under the headline “Rethink the Night!” in the form of an immersive educational experience.