Encounter Table Lamp Our Encounter Table Lamp is one of the most visible examples of the ways we’re continuing to innovate with light guide technology. The light follows the hand-bent guide, bouncing off etched dots to both illuminate the steel ribbons and to cast functional light beyond. Although Encounter is a real table lamp, its beginnings sound a little sci-fi. According to Design Developer Andy Morter, there was a hiccup in early attempts to create those dots. “Special algorithms were written to achieve the pattern we wanted,” he explains. “A laser caught fire and ultimately came to its demise trying to create this light guide.” Fortunately, the problem was solved and we can offer the Encounter without having to cook a laser each time.