In the last article, we took a look at some renowned designers from Light + Building, who combined sophisticated technology and exceptional design in their products. In this article, we take a closer look at the innovative German lighting design newcomers from Light + Building 2018, who have occasionally emerged as winners in the Design Plus competition and have particularly impressed us with their interesting lighting designs.
We liked that each of the young companies chose a slightly different approach to lighting technology and design in their products.
For example the very decorative lamps by Nui Studio with the name “Mygdal”. The lamp of the German design studio was created from the need for more “green” in an urban environment. A fascinating design that attracts attention not only with its large hand-blown glass shade, but also in terms of technology. Because inside the hanging garden there is a completely autonomous ecosystem. This allows the plant to naturally photosynthesize, so even watering is not necessary because the water cannot escape. The plants can live undisturbed in the lamp and require no further care after insertion.
A nice gadget is the included function to individually dim the light via smartphone or tablet, to change the light color or to control the active times – meaning when the light should be switched on and off automatically. Mygdal is currently available with the three plants “Jungle”, “Lush”, “Zen” and with a height of 42 cm or alternatively 70 cm.
The label “Nui” was founded by the creative duo Arne Sebrantke and Emilia Lucht in 2014 to be able to uncompromisingly implement and sell exceptional ideas in the high-end sector. A team of designers and economists collaborates with business partners and a large creative network.
Another company that presented lights with glass was the label dreizehngrad.
The company from Dresden has been developing and producing elegant lamps in modern design language since 2010. Modern technologies combined with traditional craftsmanship go hand in hand during production. In cooperation with the design office kaschkasch, the “Industrial” collection, which was shown at the Light + Building 2018, was created. The material mix of glass and wood forms a harmonious unity, which has established itself as a classic in the assortment of dreizehngrad.
As a fair novelty, Alexander Finke introduced us to the light series “Beat”. Design-wise something new for the young company, which was previously known for its filigree veneer lamps such as “Swing”, “Funk” and the aforementioned “industrial”. Beat impresses with its minimalist design and comes in the matte colors white, stone gray and dove blue.
Three faceted metal wings fit the E27 bulb, allowing downward directional light distribution and beautiful, diffused light through the open lampshade. Their compact size of 14 or 16 cm makes them very versatile in individual and group arrangements. Especially interesting for the project business, as in the catering and hotel industry. For special projects, the company offers custom-made products.
The team of “vanory” introduced us to their smart mood lamp “Estelle”.
One of the lighting design newcomers from Light + Building 2018, dedicated to the subject of intelligent mood lighting, was the newly founded company vanory. Founder duo Chris Herbold and Patrick Fomferra demonstrated their interesting interpretation of smart lighting with their table lamp and additional pendant version “Estelle”.
Both lamp variants consist of a handmade glass housing, behind which almost 400 LED lights on the textile shade can display countless lighting effects. In addition to static colors and patterns, also dynamic effects are available. For example a chimney fire. Whether clear and relaxing or colorful and exciting – many effects are possible. The neutrality of the glass complements the color dynamic as an attractive combination of traditional material and innovative technology.
In addition to the conventional option of switching the lights on and off, operation is also possible via app, or you change the mood of the lamp with a simple touch at the touch-sensitive surface on the end ring. Anyone who wants to integrate the vanory lights in their smart home can do so within a WLAN network.
“volatiles” from Berlin offered a smart lighting solution with great effect for hotels and restaurants.
This young lighting technology company develops and produces intelligent surface lighting systems that are unique in function and design. The term “volatiles” is a composition of “vola” an artificial word with a reference to “flying” and the English word “tiles”. Glass mosaic is the material that volatiles works with. Combined with state-of-the-art LED technology, sensors and radio technology, this creates fascinating surface lights with intelligent programming – a world first that we were allowed to test at the Light + Building 2018.
The technology is integrated in ultra-slim modules, eliminating the need for external control devices. Using a smartphone app, different light scenarios can then be downloaded and streamed to the intelligent mosaic wall. volatiles light modules can replicate 16.7 million colors with each mosaic stone. If you want to, for every stone another.
This allows you to create different compositions. But that’s not all: each mosaic stone is touch-sensitive and can be changed by lightly touching the wall. This way you can change the light color or even draw on the wall. The highly intelligent lighting system is very easy to operate. You can control it inside your WLAN or via EnOcean and voice control e.g. using Amazon Echo.
Even with the glass mosaic stones, there are many customization options. The basic structure is always square, but whether you make a border, a surface panel or a frame, is the customers own choice. volatiles also invests in the production location Germany and places very high quality demands on its own product. Its product has also been nominated and awarded several times, e.g. with the Design Plus Award or the Trends in Lighting (TiL) Award.
These are our favorite lighting design newcomers from Light + Building 2018.
In conclusion, each of these companies presented lighting solutions that are very well thought-out and original to the respective customer segments. Integration into smart networks was a must-have for many exhibitors. This convinces us that smart lighting will continue to play an increasing role in product design, especially in the premium segment. More lighting design newcomers from Light + Building 2018 could be found in the Young Design area. We will publish a short video on our YouTube channel.
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