As specialists in lighting and lighting design, we always follow developments in the industry. While Imm Cologne was able to provide some inspiration with its focus on “light”, we’re even more excited about the must-sees at Light + Building 2018, which will reopen its doors in Frankfurt, Germany from March 18 – 23.
It is the first pure lighting trade fair on our list of interior design trade fairs in 2018 and once again, with more than 2,600 exhibitors, offers the world’s latest innovations for lighting, electrical engineering and home and building automation. In this article, we take a look at our 4 must-sees at Light + Building 2018 and give an overview of the light fair.
“Connected – Secure – Convenient” is the new theme of Light + Building.
As these keywords already suggest, this is about the increasing change from analogue to digital technology. For the first time, hall 9.1 will become the center of integrated building technology. Here, the latest intelligent and networked solutions in smart home and smart building merge with electronic security technology under one roof.
This helps trade visitors to quickly gain a compact overview of the new technologies and the benefits in terms of economy, comfort and safety. Among others, renowned companies such as Gira, Hager and Jung will show their innovations in the fields of electrical engineering and home and building automation, which we’re already looking forward to.
The new special exhibition area “SECURE!” in hall 9.1 focuses on electronic security.
More than 40 companies with their products, solutions and services participate in “SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings “. The exhibition area at Light + Building 2018 is subdivided into the three areas “hotel”, “office” and “industry”, in which cross-system security solutions for scenarios such as fire, storm, burglary, data theft and transmission weaknesses are shown.
Special focus will be put on the different interfacing technologies between the products. So in addition to the organizations for smart standards such as EnOcean, Z-Wave and KNX, more companies with safety technology such as Abus, Honeywell, Robert Bosch and Siemens will present their new products at the fair. Of course further in hall 9.1, the many stands of the exhibitors make it possible to find out more about individual products and solutions in detail.
The huge product range and the special show provide a complete insight into the entire spectrum of current-controlled safety technology and home and building automation, which makes it one of our must-sees at Light + Building 2018.
The trend forum presents the new living trends for the 2018/2019 season.
Already during the last Light + Building in 2016, we were able to admire the trend forum and its successful implementation by the renowned style bureau bora.herke.palmisano. Interesting for retailers, designers, architects and interior designers alike, the forum will be in the entrance area of hall 6.1. The installation will be divided into four inspiring living environments called “Evoke Emotions”, “Imagine Mutation”, “Revive Homeliness” and “Create History”.
The concept is based on the integration of selected products and state-of-the-art living scenarios into unusual presentations. While “Evoke Emotions” focuses on well-being with “intelligent” materials and product innovations such as the “Kepler” lamp by design studio Cohda, “Imagine Mutation” is about designs with a striking, artistic feel and a strong effect in the foreground.
The living area “Revive Homeliness” focuses on straightforward designs and unobtrusive forms. The lighting moods are inviting, warm and create a homely, harmonious atmosphere. A good example of this is the “minimal” design created in 2017 by designer David Pompa. The “Create History” space, on the other hand, captivates with its elegant coloring, antiques or rare objects that seem to come from past eras. Here you may notice the “Knot” design by Chiaramonte Marin, which impresses with the material combination of glass and textile.
The trend forum provides a great opportunity to learn about future home trends and use them as a preview. We will also take closer look and report on it in our highlights of Light + Building 2018.
Meet a large variety of top design labels at “Trendspot Design” in hall 1.
Once again Light + Building will be offering a great variety of the latest design trends in the lighting market and a high degree of design competence among the exhibitors. In hall 1 itself, more than 100 companies present their new decorative lamps for the home and contract sector in different styles and price segments. In addition to well-known labels such as Artemide, Brand van Egmont, Martinelli Luce, Marset, Ingo Maurer or Louis Poulsen, there are also young companies such as Komot or Nyta on which we’d like to take a closer look.
The German young label Nyta was founded five years ago by the passionate lighting designers Johannes Marmon and Johannes Müller.
Both studied product design at the University of Design in Karlsruhe and have already won several awards such as the German Design Award with their first series “TILT”. Fascinating about the TILT design are the adjustment possibilities of the slightly conical pendulum. The light emits a very soft light where it is desired. The lamp shade can effortlessly be turned in all directions and tilted by up to 110 degrees.
Two shade sizes and different versions are available. Under the name TILT GLOBE, the complete range is also available with a spherical lamp head. Their latest product is called PONG by designer Simon Diener. It’s a battery-operated ceiling light for indoor and outdoor use. With its 4 meters long cable, it can be put around a hook or a branch (yes, it is IP44 protected).
The lamp design was awarded as winner of the “Design Plus powered by Light + Building” competition. Generally, Nyta lighting designs have a light retro feel, but with a modern touch. The booth of Nyta can be found in hall 1.2. B40.
Time and time again, Pablo Designs suprises us with their unconventional lighting ideas.
Whether lighting crossover creations, such as the portable “Corner Office” with integrated light and USB connection or with extraordinary designs, such as the new “Grid” lamp. The American label Pablo Designs has high standards of functionality, value and sustainability. They’re already on the market for over 20 years, though largely unknown in the German trade sector.
The transportable table lantern “Uma” from the year 2015 not only spends pleasantly warm light, but can also be connected to smartphones and then delivers more than 8 hours of music via the integrated bluetooth speaker. A practical gadget: the stylish leather strap, with which you can easily take it with you in the garden or on the beach. Their new product “Grid”, on the other hand, is a design that builds on Japanese joinery tradition.
The pendant lamp fascinates by its square basic shape, which is broken by vertically placed struts. In between they inserted LED technology, which is available depending on choice and size with 1800lm to 5400lm. In addition, the lamp is available in different colors and materials such as wood or acrylic for a modern ambience. You can meet them in hall 1.1 B02.
One our must-sees at Light + Building 2018 is also the Design Plus Award.
“Design Plus” is one of the premier design competitions that every two years awards the outstanding product designs of national and international labels, which fulfill the triad of design, ecology and technology in a special way. On behalf of Frankfurt fair, the competition is carried out by the German Design Council.
This year, 154 companies and young designers, some from non-European countries such as Japan, Colombia, India, Canada and the USA, submitted 222 products, 52 of which were awarded by the jury.
Especially interesting is the “Guise” collection by Stefan Diez for the label Vibia Lighting.
The original design plays with light and transparency. The lighting design with integrated LED light rows is handcrafted from high quality borosilicate glass with precision cut. The construction of the lamp allows the light within the glass form to almost disappear, giving the design an almost sculptural touch.
Stefan Diez also won the German Design Award with his design. We’re looking forward to experiencing the collection ourselves at Light + Building and will also take a closer look at the other winners of the design competition. The selected products can be seen during the exhibition in hall 1.2. On March 18th at 2 pm, the award ceremony will be held there.
So, these are our 4 must-sees at Light + Building 2018.
It is already clear that it will once again be a fair full of innovative ideas and designs. A show that, like no other in the industry, focuses on advancing technology and user-centric solutions for greater safety, comfort and light. The increasing digitization of light, the accompanying new networking opportunities and the focus on human-centric lighting (biologically effective light) above all provide many starting points for in-depth research.
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