Latest News 2011

  • 12/2011

    World première for eL Masterpiece by Daniel Libeskind and Zumtobel

    Presented for the first time at Art Basel Miami Beach
    Within the context of the most famous art show in the USA, Zumtobel and Daniel Libeskindintroduced their jointly developed eL Masterpiece to the public.
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    Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States. In this exclusive setting, Zumtobel presented the eL Masterpiece, jointly developed with Daniel Libeskind, to the public for this first time.

    The première provided impressive evidence of the interaction between creativity, artistic intention, sophisticated design and technical lighting expertise, brought to perfection in the creation of this work of art.

    Visitors at the exclusive event were excited about eL and the concept behind this Masterpiece: the multicoloured light of eL mimics and reproduces the cosmic light that fills the universe.  

    The Masterpiece is 2.70 m tall and cannot fail to impress with its special-steel surfaces polished to a mirror finish and fitted with 1,680 LED modules. A micro-controller has been built into each module. This is the innovative feature that makes it possible to meet the exacting and complex demands of controlling each LED individually. This highly complex technology is completely invisible to the beholder.

    eL is the fourth Masterpiece Zumtobel has developed and produced as part of its partnerships, sometimes extending over several years, with artists working in a wide range of disciplines. Each Masterpiece is both a fascinating luminaire and a beautiful  work of art.
  • 11/2011

    Lighting solutions that convey a sense of well-being

    Zumtobel presented new products at Medica
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    Some 134,000 visitors from 100 countries came to Duesseldorf to attend Medica, the world's largest medical trade fair. During three days, from 16 to 19 November 2011, extensive application know-how on innovative lighting solutions perfectly adjusted to enhance the well-being of patients, care personnel and visitors was presented at the Zumtobel trade fair stand.

    Energy-efficient LED solutions and new products for patient rooms and clean rooms were among the product highlights presented at the trade-fair stand: the new IMWS medical wall system as well as a number of LED products added to existing luminaire ranges for patient rooms and public spaces were shown for the first time.

  • 11/2011

    The art of perfect illumination

    Zumtobel’s debut at EXPONATEC COLOGNE
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    From 16 to 18 November 2011, Zumtobel made its debut at EXPONATEC COLOGNE. Some 4,000 expert visitors came to Cologne to gather informationabout innovations in the museum, conservation and restorationindustry. Zumtobel's trade fair appearance revolved around the latest LED technology, which – combined with proper application know-how – is particularly suitable to meet conservational requirements.

    For three days, visitors to Zumtobel's trade fair stand had the opportunity to let themselves be inspired by innovative lighting solutions which gently yet impressively show entire museums as well as individual exhibits in the right light. Curators, technical directors and conservators as well as gallery owners, architects and designers were impressed by products such as ARCOS Tunable White, MICROTOOLS and SUPERSYSTEM.

  • 10/2011
    Lighting Solution

    A glance at the stars through the Earth

    A glance at the stars through the Earth
    For the KunsthalleBremen, lighting artist James Turrellhas designed the lighting installation “above – between – below”.
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    The centrepiece of Bremen’snew Kunsthalle is the lighting installation “above – between – below” designed especially for this building by renowned US lighting artist James Turrell.

    The three-floor installation comprises three lighting spaces positioned exactly on top of each other. These rooms are linked with each other by glazed walk-over sight openings illuminated by Zumtobel LED light lines in variable colours.

    The ground floor features a black granite slab dotted with STARFLEX light outlets by Zumtobel. Looking down from the first floor, the light points form the starry sky of the antipodes to the Kunsthalle – the sky at the opposite point of the Earth. Looking upwards through an opening in the elliptical chamber on the second floor, visitors can see the (starry) sky above Bremen.

    Thus, visitors seem to be standing right in the centre of the Earth between two sections of the sky.

    Photos: Harald Rehling

  • 09/2011

    Luminaire installation digitally improved

    QR code on packaging facilitates access to product information
    The new QR codes on luminaire packaging make it even easier to access product information in the mobile catalogue using a smart phone, wherever you are.
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    With immediate effect, there will be a so-called QR (Quick Response) code on all cardboard packaging for Zumtobel luminaires of the standard range. This code - similar to a bar code - makes it easy to quickly access information on the respective product, even when you are not at the office.

    If you have installed free QR reading software on your smart phone, all you need to do is focus your cell phone's camera onto this black-and-white square; you will then be automatically directed to the respective product in Zumtobel's online catalogue.

    All information available on the product, such as installation instructions, data sheets and product details, can be conveniently retrieved from the product catalogue. In order to make it really easy to navigate the catalogue using a cell phone as well, the whole online catalogue has been optimised for mobile devices.

  • 07/2011

    Revit CAD data for Zumtobel product ranges

    3D CAD data available for downloading at Service Center
    Zumtobel supports the Autodesk Revit format and makes 3D CAD data for its product ranges available for downloading
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    3D CAD data for Zumtobel's product ranges are now available for downloading also in Autodesk Revit format. The first product ranges can already be downloaded from the website's Service Center under menu item “Revit CAD data”. Other product ranges will be added to the collection on an ongoing basis.

    Revit data also in the catalogue
    3D CAD data are now also available in the online product catalogue. In addition to other CAD data in DWG format (2D/3D), you find the Revit files for a product – if already available for this product range – in the product's downloading section.

     » Here you find the Revit CAD data that are presently available and regularly updated.

    » Click here to see which files are available for downloading in the Product Catalogue for the TECTON product range, for example.

  • 06/2011
    Lighting Solution

    Zumtobel illuminates Zaha Hadid exhibition

    The architect's oeuvre on display in Mobile Art Pavilion
    Zumtobel sets the lighting stage for the Zaha Hadid exhibition in Paris that is showcased in a pavilion designed by the architect herself.
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    The exhibition “Zaha Hadid, une architecture” is currently on display inside the breathtaking structure of the Mobile Art Pavilion in Paris. Thus, the exhibition shown inside the mobile structure is dedicated to the oeuvre of the very architect who designed it.

    In 2007, the pavilion, which was already on display in Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York, had been designed by Zaha Hadid for the CHANEL fashion brand. Now CHANEL donated the structure boasting a formal language of continuous fluidity to the Institut du Monde Arabe. In future, the pavilion set up in front of the Institut will be used to host exhibitions by talented artists from Arab countries.

    “Zaha Hadid, une architecture” until autumn
    The current exhibition of the Pritzker award winning architect will be on show until autumn. “Zaha Hadid, une architecture” displays a variety of projects and research agendas covered by Zaha Hadid Architects in the past years. Zumtobel has designed and provided a lighting solution matching the pavilion's organic look.

    Sophisticated illumination
    The colour temperature of the DALI-controllable ARCOS LED spotlights installed by Zumtobel can be continuously adjusted within the range between 2700 K and 6500 K, which ensures sophisticated accent lighting of the exhibits.

    The lighting concept, which is focussed on individual points emphasising the special qualities of the pavilion's architectural structure, is enhanced by minimalist SUPERSYSTEM LED spots.

    Photos: Francois Lacour

  • 06/2011

    LIGHTLIFE 6 available now!

    Spring 2011 issue of Zumtobel’s customer magazine
    Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, an interview with Odile Decq, and the spring 2011 product highlights – these are just a few highlights of the new LIGHTLIFE 6 issue titled “How much tradition does the future need?”
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    The sixth issue of Zumtobel's LIGHTLIFE customer magazine deals with the link between historical and contemporary architecture, which is becoming ever more important.
    The new LIGHTLIFE 6 covers the following, and many other articles and reports:

    • Selected projects
    Projects like Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt am Main and the Angel Building in London, for instance, demonstrate how refurbishments and renovations are carried out effectively and show the important contribution provided by contemporary lighting.

    • Interviews
    According to this issue’s title “How much tradition does the future need?”, architect Odile Decq extensively explains her views on the link between traditional and modern architecture. Roman Delugan and Christian Schrepfer of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects take the IYON spotlight as a basis to inform readers on changes in product design and on the challenges of shop lighting.

    • Product highlights
    The new LIGHTLIFE also includes product innovations and additions launched in spring 2011,
    » which you can also separately download here.

    Read LIGHTLIFE 6
    Like all other issues, LIGHTLIFE 6 is available
    » for download here or can be ordered hereas a print version.

  • 04/2011

    Exquisite dining in an unusual setting

    Mobile designer restaurant illuminated by Zumtobel luminaires
    The mobile Cube restaurant by Electrolux provides a hitherto unknown culinary experience.
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    Haute cuisine and top design in an unusual setting – in a nutshell, this is the concept of The Cube, a mobile restaurant operated by Electrolux, manufacturer of domestic appliances. The architects and designers of Park Associati in Milan created a 140 square meter pavilion with a panorama terrace, which will be touring Europe in the next months, stopping only where no other restaurants can be found. In line with the extraordinary concept, the clients requested an outstanding ambience, too, and therefore commissioned Zumtobel with developing a lighting solution.

    First stop: Brussels
    The first stop is the Parc du Cinquantenaire in Brussels, where the all-white pavilion has been set up not in the park itself, but on top of the Arc de Triomphe, providing a unique sight as well as a breathtaking view.

    The interior of The Cube boasts a highly flexible design to allow adjustment to a variety of occasions. Before and after dining, the large table seating 18 guests is lifted up to the ceiling to create more space, converting the restaurant into a cosy lounge in no time. The right light for every situation is provided by the multifunctional SUPERSYSTEM lighting system, which is used both in the open kitchen and in the entire restaurant area. The extremely small and energy-saving LED spots blend harmoniously into the modern purist interior. Thanks to their focussed light, the minimalist Zumtobel spots are perfectly suitable for accent lighting, providing subtle and effective illumination for the entire room.

    Simply brilliant

    The foyer is illuminated by a luminaire especially developed and manufactured by Zumtobel, which also meets the pavilion’s high design requirements. Inserted flush into the ceiling and, thus, blending into the interior as well, the innovative PANOS INFINITY LED downlights provide pleasant and bright illumination of the entrance area. The art of simplicity is also pursued by the LINARIA light line, whose uniform brightness ensures the necessary visual comfort in the kitchen zones.

    Travelling through Europe

    Travelling through Europe, from Belgium via Italy and Switzerland to Russia and Sweden, selected chefs de cuisine will prepare the food at each stop. For three months, each of them will cook for the guests in the open kitchen in full view.

    For more information on The Cube and booking seats, please go to:
  • 04/2011
    Lighting Solution

    Zumtobel luminaires for Picasso exhibition

    "Master drawings by a one-in-a-century genius" in Lindau
    For the Picasso exhibition at the Lindau Stadmuseum, Zumtobel has developed a special lighting solution that gently puts the art works centre stage
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    On the occasion of the 130th birthday of the artist, valuable original drawings are shown on the premises of the Stadtmuseum. The "Pablo Picasso – Master drawings by a one-in-a-century genius" exhibition was opened at the beginning of April.

    In collaboration with the building developers of the cultural office of the Municipality of Lindau, Zumtobel has developed a new technical lighting concept providing gentle lighting of the museum premises. The four-part exhibition enfilade required subtle conservational illumination with extremely low levels of illuminance and as little UV and infrared radiation as possible. The risk that colours fade or sensitive materials are damaged is considerably reduced with lighting of this type.

    In public spaces and circulation areas such as information booth, ticket office and museum shop, glare-free illumination is ensured thanks to wall-mounted and free-standing luminaires by Zumtobel. The lighting designers in charge also attached particular importance to a bright and pleasant atmosphere that welcomes visitors when they enter the museum.

    The exhibition, carefully arranged in detail by curator Prof. Dr. Roland Doschka, will be on show in Lindau until 20 August.

    Exhibition duration:
    2 April - 20 August 2011
    Mon - Sun: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Lindau Stadtmuseum
    Marktplatz 6
    D-88131 Lindau
  • 03/2011
    Lighting Solution
  • 03/2011

    App optimised for iPad

    Zumtobel’s iPad app now available at iTunes
    Zumtobel’s “Map of Light” app has finally been optimised for iPad, too. Both iPhone and iPad users are now able to access the latest information on projects and products by Zumtobel in an optimised and convenient way.
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    Zumtobel’s “Map of Light” app has now been optimised for iPad, which makes it even more convenient to use. Of course, the iPad app, too, features all the tried-and-tested functions of the iPhone app.

    Function 1: Map of Light
    The Map of Light shows you state-of-the-art lighting solutions and impressive pictures of more than 700 projects implemented all over the world, 24 hours a day, inspiring you with new ideas and impulses for upcoming projects.

    Function 2: Highlights
    Our projects are implemented on the basis of innovative technology and advanced design. The product highlights will always keep you abreast of all product innovations, wherever you are.

    Function 3: Contact us
    Do you have any questions, ideas or suggestions? Use the new Zumtobel app to contact us quickly and easily.

    How & when?
    The Zumtobel app for iPhones and iPads is available free of charge at the AppStore. Our newsletter will keep you informed about any new features or additional functions.

    » You can download the free Zumtobel app directly to your iPhone

    Mobile access to the entire Zumtobel product catalogue is also possible via smart phones and tablets by other manufacturers than Apple. For more information on this subject, click here


  • 01/2011

    Zumtobel Group Award exhibition

    Prize-winning projects presented at Dornbirn Light Forum 
    Prize-winning architectural projects based on sustainable and humanitarian approaches will be on display for three weeks at the Zumtobel Light Forum in Dornbirn.
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    The opening ceremony of the "Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment" will take place on 3 February 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Zumtobel Light Forum in Dornbirn. At the exhibition, the outcome of the Zumtobel Group Award will be presented. The architecture prize, which was awarded for the second time in September 2010, aims at supporting trendsetting projects for sustainable and humanitarian approaches in the urban context. The exhibition can be visited until 1 March 2011 at the Dornbirn Light Forum, upon previous appointment.

    Dr. Harald Sommerer, CEO Zumtobel Group, will open the evening with a short welcome address, followed by Kirstin Feireiss from the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin, who, as the curator of the Zumtobel Group Award, will in particular highlight the importance of the award for the architectural culture. Stefan Behnisch, renowned architect and chairman of the Group Award jury, will then present the prize-winning projects in detail.

    The variety of project approaches presented will make the exhibition a fascinating dialogue on the subjects of efficiency and sustainability, providing exciting perspectives and ideas on urban development and architecture. In addition to the prize-winning projects, eight other distinguished projects will be shown at the Light Forum.

    The prize winner in the "Built Environment" category is the project by the TRIPTYQUE architecture firm in São Paulo. Their HARMONIA 57 project presents an environmentally and architecturally trendsetting office and gallery building. The nonprofit Terreform ONE + Terrefuge group of designers from New York City could not fail to impress the jury with its New York City Resource and Mobility project in the "Research & Initiative" category.

    If you would like to visit the exhibition, please register in advance by contacting Cornelia Netzer on
    phone no. +43 5572-390-1293,
    or by e-mail:

    Duration of exhibition:
    4 February - 1 March 2011

    Zumtobel Light Forum
    Schweizer Strasse 30
    A-6851 Dornbirn

    Images: Publication is free if due acknowledgement is made: Zumtobel


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