Something Blue, Gold Ring Design – Engineered for eternity, the Dyson SupersonicTM hairdryer in limited edition blue and gold-leafed with 23.75 karat gold.
The Dyson SupersonicTM hair dryer 23.75 karat gold returns to Dyson Demo Stores and Dyson.com this wedding season. The machine’s design, marrying a deep blue with the handcrafted gold leaf circular aperture, aptly references traditional symbols of marriage to offer the ideal gift for soon-to-be-weds.
Dyson’s limited edition SupersonicTM hair dryer 23.75 karat gold returns to Dyson Demo Stores and Dyson.co.uk this summer. Whilst wedding ceremonies may now look and feel a little different, the traditional symbols of love remain. The notion of ‘something old, something borrowed, something blue’, and the unbroken circle of a wedding band symbolising infinite, endless and eternal love are a mainstay for many tying the knot this year.
This limited edition Dyson SupersonicTM hair dryer in blue and gold marries two traditional symbols in its design. A fitting gift for brides looking for that ‘something blue’, the machine provides couples with an eternal reminder of their wedding day each time they style their hair.
Likewise, the machine’s circular gold aperture is hand-gilded in 23.75 karats using a traditional gold-gilding technique, a nod to the craftsmanship and gold within wedding bands. The limited-edition colourway is presented in a red case, a shade widely recognised as the colour of love, and can be personalised with the recipients newly wedded initials.
The fastest hairdryer, engineered for different hair types
The Dyson SupersonicTM hair dryer is the fastest hair dryer, powered by the small yet powerful Dyson digital motor V9, which spins at up to 110,000rpm – up to six times faster than other hair dryer motors. The size of the Dyson digital motor V9 allowed engineers to reposition the motor to the handle for optimum balance in the hand.
Intelligent Heat Control measures air temperature over 40 times a second and regulates the heat. This prevents extreme heat damage to help protect your hair’s shine. Air MultiplierTM technology amplifies air three times to produce a high-pressure, high-velocity jet of controlled air for fast drying and precision styling.
GOLD LEAF GILDING
A layer of gold leaf is approximately 333 atoms thick, the equivalent to 1/666th the diameter of human hair. With this in mind, James Dyson challenged engineers to find a way to apply gold leaf to the SupersonicTM hair dryer.
The art of gilding was first recorded over 4,000 years ago. Thin leaves and foils of precious metals are applied to a surface, giving it the appearance of solid or inlaid metal. The process of gold leafing has been used to illuminate manuscripts, statues, buildings, sculptors and artwork, but the technique used to apply gold has changed little since its beginnings.
Dyson design engineers and model makers first learned to gild under a master gilder, exploring the process and technique to apply gold leaf to an object. Each layer must be applied by hand on top of a coloured surface. Beneath the gold leaf is a red loop, which is known to give a warm, rich finish. Dyson matched the red found on the artwork, sculptures and other artefacts to honour the traditional method of gilding. Like other gold-leafed pieces, the red loop on the product will reveal some of its colours over time, giving each Dyson SupersonicTM hair dryer 23.75 karat gold hair dryer a distinctive and unique patina. James Dyson chose the purity of 23.75 karat for its colour, lustre and quality.
During development, the engineers learned that aspects of the gilding process could be aided by technology. Dyson engineers rigged a robotic paint arm to carefully apply an adhesive called ‘size’ onto the surface of the red loop. The robotic arm ensured the adhesive was repeatedly applied the same each time, thus creating a perfect unblemished layer to gilt on. Once sprayed, two layers of 23.75k gold leaf from Florence, Italy, are applied by hand and carefully brushed to form a smooth and even finish.