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Press information 2018

  • 09/2018
    Lighting Solution

    Light as a metaphor for sensory perception: James Turrell realises Skyspace Lech with a special lighting solution from Zumtobel

    The largely underground Skyspace Lech created by light artist James Turrell blends discreetly into the high-alpine landscape of the Arlberg mountains in western Austria. Those passing by see little more than an elliptical dome and a similarly rounded construction made from natural stone. Yet below these unassuming features lies an oval light room with an opening in the ceiling that offers a truly unique view of the sky, helping to bring the heavens closer to the observer. A customised lighting solution from Zumtobel immerses this light-experience space in a varied series of colours and actively shapes the sensory perception of visitors.

    © James Turrell Photo: Florian Holzherr

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    James Turrell is one of the most important artists of our time. The American creative pioneer has been working on light spaces since the 1960s, crafting installations that provide sensory and spiritual experiences through a subtle interplay between natural and artificial light, materiality, surface, colour and space. Turrell devises his Skyspaces to achieve a unique connection between the earth and the sky. As a long-standing lighting partner of James Turrell, Zumtobel has assisted with various projects and has already supported him several times with the technically demanding realisation of his exceptional works of art.

    The impressive effect of Turrell’s light-poetic contemporary art can really be experienced in his latest project in the stunning natural scenery of the Arlberg, nestled between hiking trails, alpine passes and stunning mountains. On the initiative of the private „Horizon Field“ society, an organisation that promotes cultural projects in the county of Vorarlberg, a new Skyspace has taken shape in the alpine landscape around the picturesque village of Lech am Arlberg. The installation is accessed by an underground tunnel that has been carefully aligned to deliver dramatic views of the imposing Biberkopf peak, before finally opening out into the light space itself. As the sun rises behind the Biberkopf on the summer solstice, the first rays of sunshine reach the so-called Sensing Room, where elliptical openings carved into the ceiling offer stunning views of the Arlberg sky – a sky that appears so close, it almost seems somehow dreamlike. In order to guide the sensory perception of visitors even more intensively, Turrell has flooded the subterranean building in a changing series of bright light colours. A unique feature of the Skyspace Lech is the integration of another key concept associated with the light and spatial artist – the “Ganzfeldraum” – which really takes effect when the dome is closed. This “Ganzfeld” or “full-field” approach to light art from James Turrell involves a completely featureless, evenly flooded field of vision that provides no orientation due to its perfect homogeneity.

    The special lighting solution from Zumtobel, which features an Amber LED strip with RGB colour changing function and a tunableWhite stripe, was programmed in advance in close coordination with James Turrell. This installation is regulated by a LUXMATE DMX controls system, while opal diffusers have been chosen to make the lighting transition from the beginning of the passageway to the actual Skypace room as gentle as possible.

    The design of Skyspace Lech started with Turrell making a comprehensive set of drawings and sketches. Based on these exact artistic specifications, Austrian architects Baumschlager Eberle from Lustenau planned the highly complex building, in collaboration with its long-standing lighting partner Zumtobel. The extreme weather, the impact of humans and animals, safeguarding safety and the shape, statics and requirements in terms of angles and surfaces, as well as the perfect illumination of the different spaces, together represented an extraordinary challenge for the planners. The aim of the Horizon Field society, the architects and the companies involved was to realise a construction that meets the very highest functional and aesthetic standards. This naturally meant that all of these aspects and other additional factors had to be carefully taken into account, so that the building materials and LED technology specified for the project could comfortably withstand the sun, heat, rain, snow, ice and cold. Indeed, strong temperature fluctuations ranging from minus 25 degrees to plus 30 degrees are not uncommon in this region during the course of the year. As the structure is largely underground, only the dome, the natural stone base and a light, metal cupola are visible from outside.

    “Light is so much more than just lighting. It influences our feelings, our thoughts and our actions. It is therefore very important for us, as an international lighting company, to show people what light can really do – beyond the familiar applications. James Turrell’s art puts light in a very poetic and sensory context and makes observers somehow feel with their eyes,” explained Karin Zumtobel, Head of Culture & Arts Zumtobel Group.

    Skyspace Lech is just the latest project in which Zumtobel has provided James Turrell with specialist expertise, having worked alongside him as a lighting partner since 1997. The artist designed the 2014/2015 Zumtobel Group annual report, while other collaborations have included Turrell's light installations for the Skyspace at the Kunsthalle Bremen gallery in 2010, the “Apani” full-field (Ganzfeld) artwork in 2011 and “Bridget's Bardo”, the largest ever full-field project for the Museum of Art in Wolfsburg in 2009. Zumtobel has also fulfilled the role of lighting partner to James Turrell on initiatives such as “Tall Glass Shonto”, “The Geometry of Light” and “The Elliptical Glass”.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 07/2018
    Products

    the editions #02 from Zumtobel

    Crafting light moods, triggering emotions, shaping aesthetics and bringing a space to life through the duality of light and shadow – these are the design visions of the team responsible for latest version of the editions. Martin Jost and Roman Delugan from Büro Delugan Meissl, architects Adolf Krischanitz and Hermann Czech and lighting designer Thomas Mika from reflexion have joined forces to help shape a fascinating new special portfolio from Zumtobel.
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    Alongside a fine mix of technical finesse and functionality, the new luminaires from the editions collection once again catch the eye with their outstanding aesthetics: extravagant, attractive and, as always with this unique series, individual and timeless. Three new fittings are now available as part of the editions #02 collection.

    TEELA – adds a special aura to a space
    The versatile and high-contrast TEELA luminaire is the perfect answer to the modern working environment. TEELA has been primarily designed for the people rather than the space, providing tranquillity and well-being while at the same time supporting effortless accuracy where clear, loud accents and pin-point presentation are required. This combination creates a real atmosphere, adding a special aura to the space. The switch between ambience and clarity and between diffusivity and precision makes the room seem almost dematerialised. On the one hand, the luminaire delivers colour temperatures based on the course of daylight by carefully replicating the spectrum of the four light dimensions down to the very last detail. On the other, a series of spots cast clear and exact beams of light onto the work surface – exactly where people need it most. And TEELA can do more. An acoustically optimising fabric cover allows the light to merge into the textile body, creating a cloud of light that simultaneously absorbs any sounds that might disturb this special atmosphere. In this way, TEELA both dresses and defines the space, going far beyond notions of pure functionality. TEELA may be as versatile as a human being, but with its defining feature – adding a special aura to spaces – it sometimes seems almost superhuman.

    ALVA – discrete, yet very much in vogue
    Giving rooms a certain sense of scale – one of the core attributes of ALVA. The clear and simple spherical shape takes inspiration from the sun and the stars, without appearing mundane or general. It works individually and autonomously or grouped together in a series. ALVA can be used anywhere, boasting the flexibility to adapt to every situation. ALVA is unique. The fitting emits its luminous flux variably, indirectly and diffusely upwards or directly and precisely downwards, depending on the activity and the person. ALVA freely allows multiple light situations in one room and thereby supports people with their extraordinary ability to be both simultaneously logical and exceptional. ALVA is unobtrusive and subtle, yet also intriguing and attractive. It can remain discretely in the background or present itself as a distinct object to match the particular situation. The spherical illumination of the actual sphere and the additional integrated spot bring an element of disruption to the otherwise familiar value system. Discrete, yet very much in vogue.

    FREELINE – infinite light with limits
    FREELINE is reserved, extremely modest and inconspicuous – yet it still somehow manages to make a real visual statement. Worlds without borders and the need for a connecting element were the original ideas: That is how FREELINE came about. An unusually slim form gives the luminaire graphic structure and power, enabling it to blend functional and restrained artistic lighting with an individual and object-specific character. FREELINE delivers a visual statement with its exceptional charisma. The light has a shimmer and a captivating brilliance, looking almost corporeal as it sparkles and glistens. Yet it is also restrained and low-glare. The narrow shape allows FREELINE to extend for miles if necessary, giving an illusion of infinity. Although of course we know that everything is somehow countable – even luminaires with this level of sophistication. Infinite light with limits.

    About the editions 
    the editions are an annual collection of tailor-made luminaires created as part of a special project driven by special customer requirements. Each product has its own unique development history and is therefore only offered as part of a limited edition. The exclusive mini-collection epitomises the innovative power and pioneering spirit of the Zumtobel brand and is designed for projects with uncommon requirements and new challenges. The core concept of the editions takes inspiration from the fashion scene, where chic haute couture is carefully evolved into an accessible range of select “ready-to-wear” garments.

    Zumtobel first launched an exclusive compact collection under the name of the editions #01 in December 2016. This latest exclusive compilation represents the editions #02. Together these collections contain a total of seven luminaires. Created in collaboration with renowned architects and designers, the products are shaped by two core factors: aesthetics and innovative design. As part of the editions, these special lighting solutions are given an exclusive stage on which they can stand out from the standard portfolio. Another mini-range, the extended collection, was launched in 2017. This features four existing products that have been technically enhanced specially for this portfolio.
    Further Information

    Each special luminaire from the two mini-collections has its own unique history. Comprehensive information about the editions can be found on the dedicated website, including interviews with project members, technical data and references: editions.zumtobel.com

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • Products

    Triple triumph for Zumtobel at the Red Dot Awards 2018

    So now the wait is over – the winners of the Red Dot Award 2018 were finally announced last night. Clear and aesthetically pleasing designs helped three Zumtobel luminaires claim prizes in the “Product Design” category: CARDAN evolution, a precise new approach to classic cardanic accent lighting, the round ONDARIA II opal wide-area luminaire with a bronze finish and the VAERO LED pendant fitting.
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    Zumtobel has written yet another chapter in its long success story at the Red Dot Awards. Internationally renowned design experts from the specialist jury have honoured three Zumtobel luminaires for their outstanding creative credentials: a revolutionary accent lighting concept for presentation and sales applications and a large circular solution for reception and waiting areas, break-out zones and general illumination in shops, along with a distinctive linear pendant luminaire engineered specifically for office spaces.

    Setting new standards in accent lighting for presentation areas: CARDAN evolution
    CARDAN evolution from Zumtobel is a multifunctional lighting tool with excellent colour rendering and a range of different light distributions for shops, showrooms and exhibition spaces. Blending cutting-edge LED technology with a sophisticated design from the blocher partners architecture studio, the CARDAN evolution architectural recessed downlight revolutionises classic gimbal accent lighting by introducing a completely new form and skilfully directing the attention of the customer to the sales area.

    Pleasant gentle light for prestigious spaces: ONDARIA II opal in bronze
    The harmonious and homogeneous appearance of the ONDARIA II round luminaire, created in cooperation with designer Stefan Ambrozus, is perfectly complemented by a soft light distribution, ensuring optimal uniformity in terms of look and illumination. The clear basic geometry and gentle outer contours together form a balanced single entity and a consistently direction-neutral luminaire that integrates flexibly into any room, enlarging the space visually and generating a pleasant and interesting atmosphere. The bronze version then adds a stylish modern touch to the timeless design. ONDARIA, which is available as a recessed, surface or suspended fitting, is ideal for prestigious spaces like lobbies and foyers, communication rooms, recreation areas, corridors and stairwells.

    Perfect purism for any office architecture: VAERO
    The state-of-the-art VAERO pendant solution features a design that focuses very much on the essentials. Never before has a luminaire been simultaneously so effective and yet so discreet. Thanks to its transparent light-emitting surface, rather than seeming to dominate the room, delicate light slips seamlessly into the space. A frameless and extremely slim construction with a wafer-thin light-emitting surface ensures a light and weightless appearance, while annoying stripes are carefully avoided. Optimised for use in office applications, the light is evenly distributed from the centre to the edge thanks to specially engineered lighting technology – an innovation that generates both a balanced light distribution and an improved spatial atmosphere.

    About Red Dot Design Award
    First awarded in 1955, the Red Dot Design Award is one of the most prestigious international design awards. The jury of international experts recognises exceptional design achievements from a variety of different sectors. Zumtobel has a long and rich history of success at the Red Dot Awards, picking up a prize for the NIGHTSIGHT lighting tool in 2017 and taking home a trio of awards in 2016 for the minimalist SUPERSYSTEM LED lighting system, the SUPERSYSTEM outdoor LED luminaire and the CAELA LED product family.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 07/2018
    Lighting Solution

    Tradition and modernity in perfect harmony at the Austrian Post Office in Vienna

    In the middle of one of the most vibrant districts of Vienna, nestled in the densely built-up city centre around the Rochus Market, stands the exquisite new Post am Rochus – a skilful blend of new construction and listed building that cleverly fuses tradition and modernity. Lighting planner and designer Christian Ploderer worked closely with Zumtobel to create a lighting concept that achieves real harmony with the architecture of Schenker Salvi Weber and feld72, delivering light that is perfectly attuned to the people, the area and the task. The result is a progressive and contemporary office and service space that still manages to maintain all the charm of the original building. This successful balancing act has helped the project claim first prize in the “Office and Administration” category at the AIT AWARDs.
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    Open communication areas, flexible office landscapes, no permanent workplaces and a clean-desk philosophy: The new corporate headquarters of the Austrian Post Office is both flexible and forward-looking. Yet it is not only the office culture that is moving with the times, as visitors cannot fail to be impressed by the modern functionality and aesthetics of the building itself. Architects from Schenker Salvi Weber with feld72 have brilliantly combined old and new to come up with a design that blends beautifully into the densely built-up area around the Rochusplatz square, right in the middle of Vienna’s third district. The listed building from the 1920s has been seamlessly integrated into the new construction using floor-to-ceiling glazing and striking grid-like openings, while the old and new parts have been physically connected by a multi-storey atrium-like architectural link.

    This new ensemble is further emphasised by the light. Working closely with architects from Schenker Salvi Weber and feld72, lighting planner and designer Christian Ploderer has crafted a multi-layered lighting design for every area. The inclusion of Zumtobel in the project has enabled the realisation of a holistic lighting concept from one source – a concept where daylight combines with artificial light, where light colours are carefully differentiated and where luminaires simply seem to disappear into the architecture.

    A skylight is supported by gentle and diffuse artificial light to illuminate the elongated 35-metre-high atrium, which acts as an imposing interface that connects all the office floors to the old building. No luminaires disrupt the join between old and new, as modern light lines installed in the landings give the space a high-quality feel. PANOS evolution downlights from Zumtobel with a neutral white light colour are barely visible in the concrete ceilings above the connecting stairway, letting their light show users the way.

    PANOS evolution luminaires sunk by the lighting designer into concrete elements around the entrance to the shopping centre use their light to direct people inside, where fittings from the same family are mounted in the louvered ceiling. The building complex is additionally flooded with daylight from two large skylights, while light lines in the escalator area have been irregularly positioned to add a modern lighting mood by forming a kind of barcode arrangement.

    The architects have realised a generous interior design approach on the floors of the post office headquarters, including open communication zones and clearly defined retreat areas for the 1100 employees. The lounge, which also houses a stamp museum, is lit by the INTRO modular LED lighting system, enabling individual spotlights to be mounted in the acoustic ceiling to provide good general lighting. This installation is complemented by ceiling-recessed SLOTLIGHT infinity light lines that give the corridors and spaces a real feel-good atmosphere, providing clear orientation for visitors and delivering a contemporary lighting contrast.

    Light and not luminaires – just like the spotlights set in the eye-shaped louvered ceiling of the shopping centre, recessed, narrow-beam and therefore glare-free Cetus downlights from the Thorn sister brand disappear like “invisible luminaires” behind the louvered ceiling of the office corridors in the new building.

    Round ONDARIA wide-area LED luminaires in the conference rooms, combined with additional corner-mounted DIAMO spotlights, deliver a different kind of light. Despite their surface area, the extreme flatness of ONDARIA means that the fittings take up minimal space, which in turn helps generate an open and interactive atmosphere.

    When it comes to visual comfort, MIREL evolution pendant luminaires mounted above the computer workstations guarantee the best standards. As a special feature of the lighting concept, these solutions have been specified with two different light colours: 4000 K direct light and 3500 K indirect light. The puristic design of MIREL evolution and the complementary light colours blend seamlessly into the room architecture, supporting orientation and at the same time offering task-specific lighting for office work. All of the luminaires can be controlled and dimmed via DALI.

    The integration of the existing protected building into the new construction has helped the Post am Rochus project complete the former urban-planning gaps of the famous site. The result is a building that merges flawlessly into the metropolitan context of Vienna in every sense, becoming an essential part of both the cityscape and urban life around the Rochusmarkt. And this coming together of tradition and modernity is continued with the award-winning interior architecture. Old and new are skilfully merged in an approach based on functionality, aesthetics and well-being. The lighting designs by Christian Ploderer clearly play a decisive role in this process. His ideas fit perfectly into the interior design crafted by the architects, achieving a sweeping concept that shows the way, emphasises the functionality of the spaces and creates a truly pleasant atmosphere.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 06/2018
    Lighting Solution

    A magical game of colour and light: Zumtobel is lighting partner for the “The Substance of Light” exhibition from James Turrell

    From 9. June until 28. October 2018, the time has come to experience something truly special: The Frieder Burda Museum in the German city of Baden-Baden will unveil its most elaborate installation ever with the opening of a new exhibition from the famous light artist James Turrell. The project has represented a major challenge for all parties, but lighting specialists from Zumtobel were on hand to support Turrell and the renowned art museum with their expert knowledge.
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    American light artist James Turrell is one of the leading artists of our time. Famed for flooding accessible spaces with light – quite literally – Turrell never fails to create new impressions. Whether the project features gentle oceans of light, clear and geometric light objects or diffuse celestial light fog, the medium of light seems to take on a tangible form in his productions, encouraging observers to rediscover and reflect their powers of perception.


    Now art collector Frieder Burda has dedicated an exhibition to the light poet in his  Museum in Baden-Baden Turrell's best-known works of the last few decades will be shown alongside older, previously unseen pieces and the light sculpture Accretion Disk, which was specially crafted for the Frieder Burda Collection. This project from the Curved Wide Glass series has been installed in the building designed by renowned New York architecture firm Richard Meier & Partners Architects, adding a further dimension to the collection. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the huge Apani large-scale light space – an installation that caused quite a stir at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The associated architectural elements and modifications, as well as the construction of the installation, represented the most complex challenge in the 14-year history of the museum.

    As a long-standing lighting partner of James Turrell and the Frieder Burda Museum, Zumtobel supported both parties in an advisory capacity and helped with the technically demanding realisation of the individual pieces of art. The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication celebrating the works of James Turrell.

    The art of lighting: Zumtobel realises an exemplary lighting solution for Richard Meier’s building at the Frieder Burda Museum
    The exhibition will be shown in the elegant Richard Meier building at the Frieder Burda Museum, which was opened in Baden-Baden in 2004. The light and expansive construction is seen as flagship project in the field of lighting and controls. The concept by New York architect and Pritzker Prize winner Richard Meier was designed with generous window fronts that flood the interior with natural light, meaning that artificial light plays little more than a supporting role. At the same time, lighting designers had to balance this approach with the tricky task of adequately protecting the often sensitive exhibits from the destructive power of daylight and generally meeting the essential requirements of an art museum in terms of conservation.

    This challenge was overcome in close collaboration with Zumtobel. An innovative solar shading and daylight control system that keeps the interior light level constant was incorporated into the design. Four light lines with two light colours enable the large hall to recreate the seasonal mood outside and accentuate the dominant colour of the space. The wallwasher system developed specifically for the illumination of the 12-metre-high walls in the large hall is installed at the side of the floor area on the freestanding mezzanine level. If the curator opts to use additional partition walls, the soft-emitting lighting channel system allows flexible installation throughout the room. Spots between the light channels highlight individual works of art, while almost all of the luminaires can be controlled separately.

    The cooperation with James Turrell represents the latest in a long line of joint projects with Zumtobel, including Turrell's light installations for the Skyspace at the Kunsthalle Bremen gallery in 2010, the “Apani” full-field artwork in 2011 and “Bridget’s Bardo”, the largest ever full-field project for the Museum of Art in Wolfsburg in 2009.

    The next collaboration between Zumtobel and James Turrell will be the Skyspace in Lech – an underground light space in the middle of the alpine landscape of Vorarlberg, the home county of Zumtobel, which is set to offer a completely new view of the sky. The construction and opening of the Skyspace in Lech is scheduled for September 2018.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 05/2018
    Event

    Zumtobel at the Architecture Biennale 2018 in Venice

    Natural light stimulates a dialogue between exterior and interior spaces. A wooden walk-in structure and a light room create contrasting atmospheres, while elsewhere a light line on a map shows observers the way. As a long-time partner and sponsor of the Biennale di Venezia, Zumtobel will again be calling on its light expertise at this year`s architecture exhibition to assist the three teams of architects and designers involved with the Austrian Pavilion, as well as supporting representatives of the Principality of Liechtenstein.
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    Architecture studios LAAC and Henke Schreieck, alongside the internationally renowned graphic designers Sagmeister & Walsh, will be using this year`s Austrian Pavilion to give a whole new meaning to the term “open spaces”. This innovative trio challenges conventional perceptions of space, letting interior and exterior areas communicate and merge with each other. As a result, the main focus is no longer purely on practical considerations, as aesthetics and function are brought together to form a single harmonious unit.

    As official partner and sponsor, Zumtobel works with architects and designers to support creative processes at the renowned Biennale Architettura. CEO of the Zumtobel Alfred Felder explained how this type of active design culture represents an essential part of Zumtobel's corporate philosophy: “The Architecture Biennale in Venice is one of the most important international architectural exhibitions. As a company committed to culture and an organisation constantly engaged in fascinating discussions about architecture and design – and one that helps to bring light to life in buildings and art projects around the world – we are delighted to once again sponsor this distinguished event.”

    In line with the core theme of the 16th Biennale Architettura, all three contributions to the Austrian Pavilion explore notions of “freespace”. Architecture and urban space form an inseparable unity at all times. “The design mandate of an architect does not stop at the building,” confirmed Dr Verena Konrad, Director of the Vorarlberger Architektur Institute and curator of the Austrian pavilion. The Innsbruck-based architecture firm LAAC pushes the boundaries of natural light and generates a light discourse between exterior and interior, while architects from Viennese studio Henke Schreieck have installed a special object to open up the overall space. At the same time, Sagmeister & Walsh ignore the conventional maxim of “form follows function” by blending beauty and practicality to form one single entity.

    As a long-standing partner of both the Vorarlberg Architecture Institute and the Austrian Pavilion, Zumtobel is not only responsible for the fixed lighting solution at the pavilion, but will also continue a proud record of helping realize special solutions with artists and architects.



    The TUBILUX slim tube luminaire from Zumtobel draws THE LINE – a light installation by the Principality of Liechtenstein at the Architecture Biennale 2018

    Remote locations in Liechtenstein are becoming increasingly accessible. Yet what impact does this have on the landscape? The Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein is set to tackle this pressing question at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Zumtobel has previously worked closely with the University of Liechtenstein to promote the development of young talent. The latest project THE LINE, which will be presented at this year's Architecture Biennale, first gained acclaim as the winner of an ideas competition at the University of Liechtenstein. An international panel of experts, on which the Zumtobel Group was also represented, selected the project from a list of ten entries. THE LINE features a straight line stretching across the map of Liechtenstein that shows the most direct route through the principality and on to Venice – a route that the students have actually followed and explored in detail. The resulting installation is an impressive visualisation of this expedition. THE LINE, or the route on the map to be precise, is represented by a 25-metre-long light line, which has been realised using a series of TUBILUX slim tube luminaires from Zumtobel. The varied lighting situations created by TUBILUX slim  produce different lighting moods. The waterproof and UV-resistant fitting with a clear and minimalist design can be dimmed using the LITECOM lighting management system from Zumtobel.

    Liechtenstein presents this project as a special guest of the parallel “Salon Suisse” event, organised by the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia. THE LINE is curated by Luis Hilti and Matilde Igual Capdevila from the University of Liechtenstein and supported by Zumtobel. The installation will be unveiled as part of a lecture at the Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in Dorsoduro on 26th May at 7pm. The exhibition will then be open to the public from 27th to 30th May 2018.

    The Biennale Architettura 2018 in Venice is set to take place from 26th May to 25th November.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 05/2018
    Lighting Solution

    Zumtobel lights up the future – with a customised lighting solution for the Futurium in Berlin

    How do we want to live? And what could the future really look like? These are exactly the kind of questions being examined at the Futurium, a new venue in Berlin that shows the issues, challenges, opportunities and risks of what may lie ahead. An individualised solution from Zumtobel now puts these thought-provoking insights in a whole new light.
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    The Berlin Futurium has established itself as the “House of the Future”, representing a ground-breaking combination of visionary future platform, future museum, future laboratory and future forum. This interactive location for knowledge transfers and creative space for forward-thinking fantasy tackles the major topics of tomorrow, including nutrition, health, energy, cities and housing, as well as the critical issues of economics and work. Covering three floors, the venue offers ample space to discover, discuss, explore and experiment. Visitors are encouraged to take on an active role, exchanging personal views about the future of politics, business, culture and science and thereby shaping the future in this unique building. The exhibition on the first floor uses three defined thought-spaces to show how specific futures might look, while the basement contains the so-called “Futurium Lab”, in which people have the opportunity to try out new future-oriented techniques. The ground floor offers space for different kinds of events, including lectures, workshops and other forms of future exploration. A new building opened its doors for the first time on 16. September 2017 under the motto “A day in the future. Futurium open house”. The centre will host workshop weeks from 30. May to 9. June 2018, before the opening in spring 2019.

    The Futurium is also a special architectural addition to the Berlin government quarter. Sculptural forms meet openness and accessibility in the design drafted by Berlin architects Richter und Musikowski. The architecture seems to embody the topic of the future, with high windows offering panoramic views of the surrounding area and abundant natural light streaming through the glass façade into the barrier-free exhibition rooms. The cast-glass façade symbolises an open and future-oriented perspective and stages a rich and diverse interplay of light during both the day and night.

    Throughout the four-year planning and construction phase, Zumtobel worked as a valued adviser to realities:united, a Berlin art and architecture studio that was entrusted with drawing up the lighting design for the entire building. Three special solutions for the “House of the Future” were developed as part of this cooperation.

    The individual rooms of the new building contain various versions of the PANOS recessed LED downlight range from Zumtobel: PANOS evolution and PANOS infinity. The surface-mounted and recessed luminaires were specified in a special black finish and feature flush-mounted installation and the integration of emergency lighting. The high luminaire efficiency and powerful lumen packages of this versatile and efficient downlight family provide the best light quality and offer tailored lighting solutions with excellent functionality and a sophisticated, consistent design.

    The ECOOS continuous-row system from Zumtobel ensures efficient direct-indirect lighting in the offices. The unique fusion of direct, indirect and lateral light components enhances the overall visual comfort and means that ECOOS fittings illuminate the spaces with outstanding uniformity – and maximum contrast rendition. SLOTLIGHT infinity LED light lines from Zumtobel meet the highest architectural standards and lighting requirements in the hallways. Integrated almost invisibly into the architecture, the SLOTLIGHT luminaires act as a wallwasher with varied functions – from atmospheric staging and general lighting to orientation and defined spatial zoning. The modular INTRO M LED accent lighting solution from Zumtobel puts the spotlight on the exhibits in the lower exhibition area, blending innovative lighting technology with optimum efficiency.

    Simple and slim Zumtobel LINARIA light lines in a customised black colour were chosen for the stairwell lighting, with an integrated emergency lighting connection, alongside OPTOS downlights that add an attractive architectural touch.

    The artistic-looking lighting solution features a special highlight in the foyer. Computer-controlled luminaires concealed behind a metal grid ceiling create dynamic light patterns that – based on continuous analysis of the flow of people on the ground floor – “accompany” visitors with an individual light aura. In combination with motion detectors and DMX luminaires, this interactive installation is achieved using a specially developed software from realities:united. The lighting extends into the outdoor area with a series of DMX-controlled OPTOS downlights. These are mounted in cast-glass façade cassettes in the ceiling, forming a continuous connected interactive light matrix that covers the entire ceiling canopy, stretching right from the north to the south of the building over the whole foyer.

    The inclusion of a DALI interface was a core requirement for all luminaires installed in the building. DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) is a manufacturer-independent standard for easy and uncomplicated lighting control, enabling every luminaire with a DALI interface to be individually managed and dimmed up and down via DALI short addresses. Zumtobel was able to meet this essential specification with all of the luminaires selected for the Futurium.

    The whole lighting concept therefore reflects the layout of the Futurium and emphasises the architectural division of the venue into three distinct parts – from the foyer and the events forum to the exhibition area and the “Futurium Lab”. The use of light plays a key role in interacting with the people and the space. In this way, as soon as a significant number of visitors enter a room, the light automatically becomes brighter. If a particular section is empty, the light simply switches to stand-by mode, which also helps limit costs.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 05/2018
    Products

    A legend in a new light: CLARIS evolution is more flexible, more versatile and more efficient than ever before

    Zumtobel has written a fresh chapter in the CLARIS success story by presenting the slimline louvre luminaire in its most modern form ever. The third generation of this renowned range has been reduced to the essentials, enabling the new CLARIS evolution to blend perfectly into any office environment.
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    CLARIS and CLARIS II luminaires from Zumtobel have set the benchmark for design, lighting technology and quality for the last 20 years. CLARIS evolution maintains the high standards established by the previous generations and looks to the future with its fusion of consistent design language and innovative LED technology. The development project was all about getting back to the bare essentials. While the original proportions were retained, the actual dimensions of the luminaire have been carefully trimmed down to achieve an uncompromising design that is more modern and more minimalist. However, the expressive appearance of the CLARIS evolution is not just about the slim, one-piece aluminium housing. The recessed light chambers complement the overall design and give the fitting an unmistakably striking visual structure.

    Like its predecessors, the CLARIS evolution has a restrained look that enables the pendant luminaire to integrate harmoniously into any interior design. Outstanding versatility is supported by a range of colour finishes, as this modern interpretation of an iconic louvre luminaire can be specified in black, white, bronze and silver. Factor in the choice of a black, white or silver light chamber (each of which is offered in matt or glass) and clients can select the right luminaire from a list offering 24 different colour variants.

    The combination of sophisticated LED technology and MPO+ microprismatic structure ensures high levels of visual comfort. The ratio between direct and indirect output is optimised to simultaneously generate a pleasant spatial atmosphere and deliver ergonomic working light – and to fulfil both these functions with a significant increase in efficiency. Indeed, CLARIS evolution boasts a fantastic efficiency of 151 lumens per watt.

    Existing CLARIS lighting solutions can be easily upgraded using an adapter. Only the luminaire itself has to be replaced, as the suspension cables and electrical connections can still be used. The option to wirelessly control CLARIS evolution via BasicDIM wireless offers yet more lighting comfort. This compact control module from the Tridonic sister brand, which can be easily integrated into existing luminaires, automatically establishes a mesh communication network via Bluetooth. This enables uncomplicated wireless communication with up to 127 luminaires.

    With its outstanding future-oriented technology, wide range of colour combinations and clear minimalist design, CLARIS evolution is the perfect lighting tool to enhance any office environment.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 04/2018
    Products

    AMPHIBIA – high resistance meets high performance

    The AMPHIBIA moisture-proof luminaire from Zumtobel breaks new ground in industry lighting. The advanced design and durable components of this tough IP66 product guarantee optimum safety and reliability in more than 245 industry applications. Its compact size, high-quality construction and one-material concept combine to ensure certified protection against chemicals, physical impact and extreme temperatures, while advanced lighting technology creates a safe and productive working environment.
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    Industry applications are tough places for lighting solutions. Dust, moisture, chemicals and extreme temperatures pose a constant threat, pushing materials to their physical limits and compromising the effectiveness and efficiency of most luminaires. At the same time, an increased focus on user well-being and new standards of lighting quality make a difficult job even harder. AMPHIBIA now overcomes all of these challenges, blending high mechanical resistance with performance levels optimised for the most demanding lighting tasks.

    One solution with one material – for countless applications
    Zumtobel has called on its extensive industry experience to engineer one solution for a wide range of applications. Leading designer Stefan Ambrosius helped devise a luminaire that meets the varied environmental and lighting requirements of factories, technical rooms, agricultural sites, indoor car parks and outside covered areas – thanks especially to an effective one-material concept. Both the luminaire housing and the diffuser are made from the same high-quality material, composed of PC, PMMA or CHEMO, ensuring optimum resistance over the full lifetime of the solution.

    AMPHIBIA can be specified in three versions, depending on the particular project requirements. With a certified rating of IK08, the PC (polycarbonate) luminaire ensures high resistance against impacts and mechanical stress. The PMMA variant offers outstanding protection against a long list of chemicals, including cleaning agents commonly used in the food industry, while the CHEMO product features a unique Zumtobel plastic compound that combines excellent chemical resistance with robust mechanical stability. High IP66 protection against dust and powerful jets of water is standard across the AMPHIBIA range.

    Application-based design features
    The AMPHIBIA development team devised a number of clever product features as a direct response to defined application requirements. The unique Drip-Edge-Effect design meets the strictest hygiene regulations, helping to prevent dirt and detergents from gathering on the fitting. The flat areas where dust and moisture tend to collect on conventional moisture-proof solutions have been replaced by carefully angled surfaces that repel any particles, leading to major improvements in terms of protection and performance. In addition, dedicated versions for extreme temperatures come with a special gear tray and an industry converter, enabling them to withstand ambient temperatures ranging from -35°C to +50°C.

    Efficient performance for maximum lighting quality
    Yet AMPHIBIA also puts the focus on lighting quality. In line with the principles of Active Light, the pioneering Zumtobel concept, four different light distributions cater for specific application requirements. Alongside familiar wide-beam and narrow-beam options, a luminaire with a medium beam for mounting heights of 4-6 metres helps to save energy and cut the number of light points. The AMPHIBIA range is completed by a product with an asymmetric distribution that has been specially engineered (along with the wide-beam variant) to meet the new DIN 67528 norm for lighting in car parks. Five outputs supply up to 8000 lumens with a luminous efficacy of up to 150 lumens per watt, promising maximum visual quality with minimum energy consumption, while precise glare management and a transparent canopy (with wide-beam and asymmetric-beam versions) boost vertical illuminance and deliver pleasant indirect light for a safer and more effective lit environment. Luminaires with integrated emergency lighting and controls, including microwave presence detection and wireless connection, support smart industry concepts and complete a powerful portfolio. AMPHIBIA: the Zumtobel solution for 245 industry applications – not counting jungles.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 04/2018
    Products

    RESCLITE PRO – flexible, programmable and efficient emergency lighting

    The new RESCLITE PRO LED solution from Zumtobel adds an extra dimension to emergency lighting. This smart emergency luminaire utilises new lenses to provide enhanced flexibility and combines an unobtrusive look with the highest function-driven performance. A subtle design and the addition of a new mini version means that the fitting almost seems to disappear into the ceiling.
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    Modern emergency lighting has to guide people quickly, logically and reliably in the event of an emergency. RESCLITE PRO from Zumtobel continues the outstanding success story of the RESCLITE emergency portfolio. The small, energy-efficient LED spot with finely optimised optics is now even more flexible, even more powerful and even more intelligent. This emergency solution can be perfectly adapted to suit the requirements of different spatial environments and trusted to maintain maximum safety in a long list of applications – from offices and art and culture to industry. The new compact RESCLITE mini broadens the scope of the range even further. Thanks to its unobtrusive design, the mini version blends seamlessly into the structure of the building, making it the ideal choice for architectural projects.

    The ideal light distribution for every application
    A series of precisely optimised lenses ensures the best possible solution for a diverse range of locations. While the escape lens fully illuminates long escape routes, RESCLITE PRO can now also light up corners with a new escape 90° optic that covers two corridors at the same time, such as lateral passageways and shelf aisles in shops. The escape wall lens is the perfect option for mounting on vertical surfaces in stairwells and buildings with high ceilings. Large-area rooms like offices and conference rooms can call on the services of the anti-panic lens, which helps reduce concern and confusion in the event of an evacuation by using a square distribution to push the light into every corner. In addition, the spot optics provide clear vertical illumination of fire extinguishers and first-aid equipment. The range is completed by two more variants of the escape and anti-panic lens. The high-performance (HP) version provides increased illuminance levels or wider spacings of up to 35 metres between the individual luminaires, offering the perfect product for large industrial sites and logistics halls. The high-ceilings (HC) variant is planned for mounting heights of between 7 and 30 metres, guaranteeing effective emergency lighting in buildings such as production facilities and DIY stores.

    Intelligent lighting for maximum safety
    Thanks to the new PROset technology from ZGS (Zumtobel Group Services), RESCLITE PRO can be quickly and directly addressed and configured using the dedicated PROset smartphone app. The NFC (Near Field Communication) interface offers the chance to easily programme various switching methods, including permanent light, non-maintained mode and specific dim values. The emergency light is also serviced via the interface. Parameters such as temperature and voltage are constantly monitored and recorded in a black box. All the information is stored permanently and can be accessed immediately. The configuration of RESCLITE PRO is also possible in projects without a central controller.

    Simple and versatile installation
    The flexible RESCLITE PRO range can be installed in various different ways to suit the conditions of individual applications. When it comes to ceilings, the standard and mini luminaires are available as recessed or surface-mounted versions. Alongside the IP40 version, the model with an IP65 housing ensures added protection against the dust and water that often prove a challenge for solutions in industrial buildings. Discrete integration into the TECTON and TRINOS continuous-row lighting systems from Zumtobel is also an option. The rotatable luminaire module means that the light distribution can be adapted to suit the respective building situation in just a few seconds, ensuring safe and accurate emergency lighting in every project. RESCLITE PRO – your guide in case of an emergency

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 03/2018
    Products

    An extension of the Zumtobel toolbox for lighting designers – for maximum design creativity

    Whether it is about soothing, warm-white light for a wellness area, focused neutral light for working environments or atmospheric colour-changing light for decorative purposes: Light can vary its function and concept to support relaxation or promote concentration. It directs attention, creating and shaping atmospheres in the process. With an incredible number of high-quality, modular and multifunctional lighting tools, Zumtobel offers architects and lighting planners maximum flexibility when it comes to planning and design. This sophisticated portfolio is now set to be supplemented by four new lighting solutions.
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    Light has well and truly arrived in the digital age. Intelligent and wireless lighting systems can be controlled using tablets and smartphones or respond automatically to environmental factors with the help of light, temperature and motion sensors. Alongside individual lighting concepts, the quality of the light sources used – including associated factors like efficiency and service life – form the basis of a long-lasting smart lighting installation. Zumtobel does not only stand for design-oriented and energy-saving lighting solutions with high lighting quality – the luminaires are also synonymous with reliability, leading performance and exceptional user comfort.

    PANOS infinity – now also available as a slim surface-mounted and pendant luminaire
    Without equal in terms of light quality and energy efficiency, the PANOS downlight luminaire family features an extensive model range to enable fantastic design freedom in a wide variety of application areas, including retail spaces, conference rooms and hotel lobbies. The new PANOS surface-mounted and pendant downlight luminaires further increase the potential for tailor-made lighting solutions. Crafted using premium die-cast aluminium, these versions come with a choice of reflector surfaces and beam angles for functional and architectural applications. Six exciting colour options – white, black, silver, copper, grey and brass – ensure plenty of creative freedom for individual architectural integration. A variety of lighting solutions and versatile product innovations from Zumtobel support the optimal realisation of design-oriented lighting concepts.

    OPTOS – the versatile architectural downlight
    With a deeply recessed light source in combination with a dedicated lens optic, OPTOS delivers discreet and aesthetically high-quality architectural lighting – without the hindrance of glare. This downlight is suitable for a wide range of lighting tasks, whether as a fixed or adjustable version, as a wallwasher or as an elegant pin-hole luminaire. Indeed, OPTOS lets any architect or lighting designer use their creativity in applications such as restaurants, reception areas or corridors. The refreshing architectural freedom offered by this flexible downlight family is supported by different diameters, lumen packages and beam angles. Quick and precise alignment from below is possible with the front-adjustable version. The significantly recessed pivot point allows a 25° inclination without loss of light, which also contributes to the series of high lumen packages. Magnetic reflectors and a clever click-and-turn function enable simple mounting to complete a product concept that leaves nothing to chance.

    DIAMO gimbal – brilliant accent lighting that directs the gaze of the customer
    Powerful and pinpoint accent lighting with optimum brilliance, different designs and a great variety of colours – the DIAMO gimbal has utilised unique lighting technology to help it become a true highlight in the world of miniaturised recessed luminaires. Carefully designed reflectors shape a precise light distribution for this effective and efficient LED luminaire, delivering perfect glare control and cutting out stray light to make DIAMO downlights the ideal solution for retail and hospitality projects. Now a new gimbal version with 180° rotatable and 2 x 20° tiltable spots makes sure that the lighting heads can be set to any position. The reflector surface is even offered in a black, white, copper or brass finish to add yet more character to architectural lighting design, while Stable White solutions with colour temperatures of 2700, 3000 and 4000 K give lighting planners maximum freedom. DIAMO gimbal is available in three different sizes – with one, two or three spots per frame.

    LINELIGHT – rethinking linear design
    The exceptional and adaptable design of the LINELIGHT linear LED luminaire integrates perfectly into different architectures and representative spaces. Thanks to flexible connections and various lengths, LINELIGHT can follow numerous architectural shapes and curves and be quickly and easily mounted using the handy plug-and-play connection mechanism – even when the installation is switched on. LINELIGHT impresses with a uniform and high light output and excellent colour rendering, while the actual bars can be tilted by 30° for improved lighting effects. The further development of LINELIGHT means that one power supply is enough for a length of 12 metres. A single power supply is also sufficient for a 4-metre version with a higher lumen package and Balanced White technology. In addition, LINELIGHT infinity combines Balanced White technology with one electrical input to power lengths of up to 8 metres. Depending on the particular situation, the colour temperature and thereby the lighting mood can be fine-tuned to markedly improve the quality of perception and the wellbeing of the user.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 03/2018
    Event

    The right light at every time of day – Zumtobel presents light for life at Light + Building 2018

    Under the motto “Lights. Connectivity. Inspiration”, Zumtobel is set to use a series of key applications to showcase the Active Light approach at this year's Light + Building in Frankfurt / Main. Visitors to the Zumtobel Group stand in Hall 2.0 will experience how dynamic light can accompany and support people in their everyday lives.
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    The lighting industry is going through a period of profound change, as networked lighting and lighting services take on an increasingly important role. This is also the driving force behind this year's Light + Building motto: “Connected – Safe – Comfortable”. The Zumtobel Group will use its 1280-square-metre stand (Hall 2.0, Booth A30, B30/31) to put the focus on the comprehensive service portfolio from the Zumtobel Group Services (ZGS) brand. This is summed up by the Zumtobel Group motto “Lights. Connectivity. Action” and supported by the innovative lighting solutions from the other famous sister brands. As a true innovation leader, Zumtobel develops sustainable lighting solutions that are tailored to meet the specific requirements of people in various application areas. In line with the motto “Lights. Connectivity. Inspiration”, Zumtobel will demonstrate the Active Light approach – in offices, industrial buildings, retail settings and art and culture projects.


    Active Light builds a bridge to human nature
    Light – whether artificial or natural – has a marked visual, emotional and biological effect on humans. Active Light uses natural light as its model and dynamically supports the core relationship between people and light in time and space. This innovative form of artificial light makes a valuable contribution to the stabilisation of human biorhythms – especially in environments where daylight is at a premium.

    “Supported by Human Centric Lighting, Active Light solutions put the focus on people and their needs,” explained Daniel Lechner, Marketing Brand Director Zumtobel. “Zumtobel reaches the dynamics of natural light by utilising technologies such as tunableWhite, which allows stepless adjustments in intensity, direction and light colour, from warm reddish to cold bluish, throughout the course of the day."

    Using light to evoke inspiration, precision, emotion and imagination – four key application areas
    Active Light in offices provides improved wellbeing, as the light can be adapted to suit different tasks and reflect individual visual capacities and personal tastes in terms of light colour. Whether working at a screen, engaging in a creative exchange with colleagues or doing some concentrated reading – versatile control options mean that the office solution can be adjusted depending on the current activity and individual user preference. Active Light adds a dynamic lighting element to the everyday office life, positively influencing cognitive performance and fuelling creativity and inspiration. This concept also supports human biorhythms with the targeted use of dynamic lighting moods throughout the day.

    The best possible light is essential in industry to make sure that production processes can run without interruption. These kinds of applications therefore demand light that is as versatile as the tasks associated with industrial manufacturing, which is why Active Light helps workers and supports activity-based lighting. Intelligent lighting systems and sensors are combined to deliver the right light for each situation, actively boosting safety, precision and quality. For example, a delicate assembly process would benefit from additional lateral light, with the option to increase the illumination level for visual inspections. When it comes to shift workers, Active Light can also contribute to a customised sleep-wake cycle by adjusting light intensity and colour – much to the relief of shift workers. This strengthens the feeling of wellbeing and enables employees to enjoy restful and regenerative sleep.

    In the world of retail, light can be harnessed to shape unique shopping experiences. On the one hand, Active Light appeals to customers on an emotional level by using their preferred lighting moods to put people at ease and thereby increase the amount of time spent in the store. On the other hand, products and brands are presented in the best possible way, directing lines of sight and enabling better customer orientation. The improved perception of consumer offers has an influence on the quality assessment and, as a logical next step, the willingness to buy.

    Enjoyment and visual comfort are major factors in the field of art and culture, along with the protection of precious artworks. These exhibits are often light-sensitive and therefore require delicate lighting to preserve them for future generations. Active Light takes these visual and conservational aspects into account and optimises the light colour and spectral distribution to suit the individual objects and the message of the artist. The way art is experienced is clearly shaped by the interaction between the exhibits and their respective surroundings. Architectural and application-oriented lighting can reveal the true meaning of artworks and spaces. Active Light offers the desired range of variation using tunableWhite luminaires and the latest controls technology. In this way, luminaires no longer merely emit light, but also transmit information in situations such as when people pass through a room. The system supports user-oriented visitor experiences by conveying information to personal devices carried by the visitors.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 03/2018
    Company

    The Zumtobel Light Forum shines at the iF Design Awards 2018

    How do you visualise the fascinating spectrum of light? Zumtobel and video artist Andreas Waldschütz teamed up to tackle this intriguing question – and brought the Dornbirn Light Forum to life in a philosophical-futuristic short film. The result has now been honoured with one of the most important design awards in the world: the iF Design Award 2018.
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    The Light Forum in the Austrian town of Dornbirn is Zumtobel's creative showroom – a place where light becomes a tangible element and where the passion and innovation of the Vorarlberg company can truly be experienced. At the same time, this space offers an inspiring venue for events and exhibitions about light, technology and architecture. In the Zumtobel image film, photographer and video artist Andreas Waldschütz – supported by creative director Lauren Cooke – captures the philosophical essence of this special place by personifying the Light Forum. In other words, he lets it speak. The result is both passionate and graceful, daring to break new ground as it discovers the fundamental purpose of light: to improve quality of life. The imagery utilised by Waldschütz is based on a unique aesthetic that is simultaneously progressive and avant-garde. “The light forum appears very futuristic and, in my opinion, really represents the soul of Zumtobel,” said Waldschütz. His expressive interpretation of the “Zumtobel heart” convinced an independent jury of 63 experts from across the world at International Forum Design, claiming a coveted iF Design Award 2018 in the Communications Design category. The iF Design Award has been recognised as one of the leading worldwide design awards for the last 65 years.

    The internationally renowned works of Andreas Waldschütz are famed for their strong aesthetics. Born in Vienna in 1976, the autodidact leaves nothing to chance during the creation of his distinctive worlds. People, music, light, costumes and places – every detail of his films is precisely planned to perfectly visualise his unique ideas. Waldschütz has already worked behind the camera for a number of Zumtobel product videos. The first joint project was a film in the Kunsthaus Bregenz gallery about an exhibition by Wael Shawky. The image film for the Dornbirn Light Forum is the most recent collaboration. “The special thing about the cooperation with Zumtobel is that it gives me the opportunity to work with equally creative people who trust me and value my work. That is the basis of everything – if the energy is right, then the result will match," explained Waldschütz.

    Close working relationships with artists is an established part of the Zumtobel corporate culture. The interdisciplinary dialogue fueled by the topic of light is an inspiration and a catalyst for the leading international provider of holistic lighting solutions, helping to create something that is both innovative and authentic. This approach is illustrated by numerous projects with creative designers. A prime example is the artistic annual report, which is designed by a different artist, architect or designer every year.

    Zumtobel has collected a total of three iF Design Awards 2018. The VAERO LED pendant luminaire and round ONDARIA fitting, with its harmonious look and homogeneous design, have also been awarded one of these top design prizes.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 02/2018
    Products

    Design that hits the spot! Zumtobel triumphs once again in the GOOD DESIGN Award and iF DESIGN AWARD competitions

    Clear and aesthetically sophisticated design that blends seamlessly into the architecture of different spatial concepts: Luminaires from Zumtobel continue to set new standards for design quality. Having already chalked up a long and prestigious list of creative prizes, the Austrian lighting specialist has now added three of the world's oldest design award, the GOOD DESIGN Award 2017, and a pair of one of the highest hallmarks of design excellence, the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018, to its impressive collection.
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    Zumtobel has been honoured three times with the world's eldest design award. The MELLOW LIGHT, SUPERSYSTEM II and ONICO luminaires have all received the GOOD DESIGN Award 2017, an international prize for designers and manufacturers launched to recognise ideas that push the established boundaries of product design. The esteemed competition has now been highlighting pioneering products and concepts for more than 65 years – almost as long as the world-renowned  iF DESIGN AWARD, which was founded in 1953. The famous red iF logo, which is seen as proof of forward-looking creative thinking and outstanding innovation, will this year be featuring alongside two more Zumtobel luminaires: VAERO and ONDARIA.

    An icon of office lighting: the MELLOW LIGHT recessed and surface-mounted luminaire
    Currently in its sixth generation, the MILDES LICHT recessed and surface-mounted luminaire creates light that is as close as possible to natural daylight. The portfolio has consistently evolved to meet the highest lighting standards and is now available in two options: MELLOW LIGHT evolution and infinity. Both versions ensure balanced illumination of workspaces, walls and ceilings, shaping a bright and open room atmosphere that is free from glare and disturbing shadows.

    Systematic diversity: the multifunctional SUPERSYSTEM II LED lighting tool
    Delicate design, stringent miniaturisation and maximum flexibility: With a sophisticated range of innovative components, the multifunctional SUPERSYSTEM II portfolio offers all the LED lighting tools required to creatively fulfil a variety of different lighting tasks. The miniature spotlights are ideal for pinpoint accent lighting, thanks to rotationally symmetrical Superspot and Wide Flood light distributions or a precisely defined oval beam. At the same time, the wallwasher variant guarantees pleasant and uniform illumination of vertical surfaces.

    Consistently clear and unobtrusive design: the ONICO LED luminaire system
    ONICO from Zumtobel opens up new possibilities for the visual presentation of a huge variety of products in shop and retail applications. The key goals of authenticity, individualisation and precise accentuation of the goods on show all had a major influence on the design of this innovative lighting solution. As a modular system, the luminaire family incorporates an extraordinary range of different LED light sources and reflectors to present products and brands with added brilliance – and thereby promote added sales success.

    Minimalist design with maximum light quality: the VAERO LED pendant luminaire
    The state-of-the-art design of the VAERO LED pendant luminaire has been reduced to the core essentials. The transparent light-emitting surface helps this elegant fitting remain very much in the background, integrating seamlessly into the interior architecture. An extremely narrow and frameless construction gives VAREO a subtle and almost weightless appearance, while specially developed technology distributes the light evenly from the centre to the edge, generating a balanced brightness distribution and an improved spatial atmosphere.

    Shaped by nature: the round ONDARIA wide-area opal luminaire
    The smooth and homogeneous look of the round ONDARIA luminaire is complemented by soft wide-area light, achieving perfect harmony between optical design and lit effect. The clear basic geometry features gentle contours that form a balanced whole, making this directionally neutral solution a tasteful addition to any room, giving the impression of extra space and subtly crafting a welcoming and comfortable ambience.

    Cooperation with leading architects, designers and artists is part of the Zumtobel DNA. A long-standing commitment to exchanging knowledge and ideas with important institutions and promoting young talent in prestigious institutions like Central Saint Martins College in London has regularly played a key role in the development of new product concepts. This has paved the way for pioneering lighting solutions that bring together the core aspects of design, technology and sustainability. Zumtobel luminaires are optimised to meet the specific needs of people in particular applications and utilise a clear and aesthetically sophisticated design language to focus on one essential element: the effect of light – a unique fusion that continues to help Zumtobel win numerous international design awards.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 02/2018
    Lighting Solution

    Zumtobel gives efficiency the green light in a pioneering new VW Group factory

    Innovative LED lighting solutions from Zumtobel help establish the new Volkswagen Crafter commercial vehicle plant in Poland as one of the most efficient factories in the VW Group.
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    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles opened a new production plant in the Polish city of Wrzesnia at the end of October 2016. The factory manufactures the latest generation of the Volkswagen Crafter and the similar TGE model from MAN. The site, which covers an area of around 220 hectares, has the capacity to produce up to 100,000 vehicles per year and incorporates a modern paint shop and halls for bodywork construction and assembly, as well as a supplier park with logistics operations. Thanks to an innovative full LED solution from Zumtobel, the factory has established itself as a leader in lighting efficiency within the VW Group.

    Zumtobel supports the “Think Blue-Factory” concept
    Zumtobel was awarded the contract for this major project in Wrzesnia in 2015 following the submission of a detailed lighting concept. Alongside luminaires and controls for the assembly and production halls, the complete solution includes efficient lighting for the offices, high-bay storage facilities and outdoor areas. Safety lighting also represented a key cornerstone of the project. Zumtobel was in close contact with specialist planners from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles throughout the implementation phase, helping the Austrian lighting solutions supplier to precisely fulfil the specific requirements of the client. Initial Volkswagen planning was based largely around conventional lighting, but efficiency calculations and the technological progress of LED technology at Zumtobel soon convinced the planners to realise the entire project with LED. The decision prompted VW to classify the new production facility as a “Think Blue-Factory”. This programme is designed to encourage plants to use resources more efficiently, reducing emissions and energy usage while minimising both water consumption and waste. “We are delighted that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has opted for a complete LED approach. Together we have been able to create one of the most efficient production plants in the VW Group in terms of lighting,” explained Frank Oevermann, Key Account Manager Automotive at Zumtobel. Matthias Strutz, Electrical Power Supply Planning at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, added: “The new factory represents a clear statement in terms of environmental protection. We are really benefitting from the decision to use only LED – both ecologically and economically. LED solutions extend the service life and cut maintenance and operating costs, while at the same time ensuring a constant lighting intensity over the entire service life.”

    Lighting solution in detail
    The largest part of the project is taken care of by the TECTON continuous-row system, which reduces energy consumption by 50 percent compared to T16 trunking. A total of 16,000 TECTON C LED luminaires are installed over a length of around 40 kilometres. This continuous-row luminaire is optimised for a variety of different racking and surface lighting tasks, providing the perfect solution for the dedicated Volkswagen Crafter manufacturing and assembly facilities. The current conducting section is mounted in the TECTON trunking, enabling the versatile rail to offer seamless functions such as power supply, lighting controls and connection to the emergency lighting network. The CRAFT high-bay fitting used by Zumtobel in the paint shop and higher halls can be quickly and easily installed on the TECTON system. Based on 15,000 continuous-row 40W LED luminaires and 6000 operating hours, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is now saving 3420 megawatt hours (MWh) and 1920 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) each year at the Polish plant.

    The offices feature the recessed MIREL evolution luminaire and the PANOS downlight series, which ensure uniform illumination of the working areas and create precise accents that accentuate the interior architecture.

    R2L2 LED lanterns and ForceLED fittings from Thorn light the car park and exterior façade. The high-performance optics utilised in the R2L2 street lantern offer excellent energy efficiency and a choice of distributions for precise light control without wasteful stray light. The compact, dust-tight and moisture-proof ForceLED solution incorporates an aluminium housing for added resistance and supplements the general exterior illumination of the building with pleasant accents.

    The ONLITE RESCLITE from Zumtobel has been trusted to highlight the escape routes. In line with EN 1838, the luminaire provides the necessary orientation in the event of an emergency and also offers anti-panic lighting. The emergency lighting is monitored by LITECOM, a lighting management solution from Zumtobel Group Services (ZGS).

    Additional lighting tasks are carried out by products from Zumtobel’s PERLUCE and ONDARIA series and the Thorn Satin range, alongside the KXA-2 and KXB explosion-proof linear luminaires. As a technology partner, Tridonic has supplied component solutions such as drivers and LED light sources for the luminaires. A specific Constant Light Output (CLO) setting was configured for the entire luminaire installation during the manufacturing stage. The CLO function, which is now standard for all industrial luminaires used by Volkswagen, ensures a uniform reduction in the luminous flux over the stated lifetime.

    Zumtobel. The Light.

  • 01/2018
    Lighting Solution

    New study and conference centre at the Mannheim Business School with an individualised lighting solution from Zumtobel

    International students, inspiring lecturers and intensive cooperation with global companies have all helped establish the Mannheim Business School (MBS) as the best business school in Germany. Now an individualised lighting solution from Zumtobel is helping to create an optimum learning environment in the new MBS study and conference centre, featuring concentration-enhancing light that relieves the eyes during long periods of work. As part of the University of Mannheim, the new building was planned by the renowned Frankfurt architects schneider+schumacher.
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    Opened in October last year, the study and conference centre in the western courtyard of the Mannheim Palace has quickly become the new architectural centrepiece of the Mannheim Business School. A disused boiler room and the adjoining coal cellar have been completely rebuilt to create the new lecture theatre complex. Arranged behind an expansive glass façade that looks out onto the gardens behind the west wing of the palace, the study and conference centre incorporates two semi-circular lecture theatres, a flexible conference area, ten seminar rooms and a spacious barrier-free foyer.

    The lighting solution had to satisfy a series of special requirements. The new installation needed to provide uniform illumination of the arched and shell-shaped ceiling in the lecture theatres, while also meeting all the relevant standards and delivering glare-free light throughout the centre – ready for a future in which paper is completely replaced by touchscreens. Zumtobel solved these varied challenges with the help of a new calculation method, using the HiLite programme to precisely calculate the reflections of the vaulted ceiling. The multifunctional SUPERSYSTEM II lighting tool from Zumtobel proved to be the ideal solution, incorporating an oval-outline film with a very narrow distribution to gently illuminate the concave-shaped ceiling. Each LED spotlight from the SUPERSYSTEM II maxi range was then carefully positioned and directed in line with a detailed set of calculations.

    Zumtobel chose a solution for the foyer that simultaneously reflects the historical background of the building and creates a transition into the old palace. The vaults in the former kitchen now benefit from the soft and uniform light of the CRAFT S high-bay LED luminaire. This small industrial fitting with big performance blends high resistance, maintenance-free operation and low energy requirements over a long service life. The compact high-bays are installed as direct uplights to illuminate the vaulted ceiling in a balanced way with minimal shadowing, generating a brilliant lighting atmosphere in the entrance area.

    A special version of the frameless Zumtobel PANOS evolution LED recessed downlight with a concrete inlay has been developed for the ceilings in the corridors. Great care was taken to achieve a clean transition between the luminaire and the acoustically effective ceiling by integrating the plaster ring into the concrete housing. The PANOS downlight series is characterised by high luminaire efficiency and powerful lumen packages – for the very best lighting quality.

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