What will the new generation of lighting solutions look like? In order to answer this question, Zumtobel joins forces with the prestigious Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL), where 60 students developed lighting solutions with the support from representatives of well-known architects and experts from Zumtobel.
Zumtobel is driven by a culture of innovation. This bold approach to embracing new ways of thinking and working is fuelled by creative exchanges with architects, artists and designers, as well as by the active promotion of emerging talent. In cooperation with Central Saint Martins, Teresa Zumtobel, Creative Design & Marketing Consultant Zumtobel Lighting and also a graduate of the prestigious London-based college, has been working on a special kind of project. A group of 60 students has been tasked with developing creative software applications, services, products or complete service systems for home, office, art and culture or retail applications and then presenting their final concepts to a team of experts.
The panel selected the five most innovative ideas from the first round of presentations in London and the successful students were invited to the Zumtobel headquarters in Dornbirn for further discussions with specialists. The selection process was led by experts from Zumtobel and trusted partners from major design and architecture offices, including Chris Falla and Haochen Yu from Bjarke Ingels Group, Helmut Kinzler from Zaha Hadid Architects and Yorgo Lykouria, Creative Director at HOK London. "In order to remain a leader in the lighting industry, it is crucial to be actively involved with the current trends and the latest developments. The unconventional approach to product design taken by the students is therefore a genuine enrichment for us," explained Teresa Zumtobel.
Concepts developed by the students included a collection of light jewellery, which responds to the heartbeat of the individual, a luminaire that imitates sunlight by radiating warmth and well-being and a lighting solution for galleries that features flexible positioning and an adjustable light temperature. Another proposal outlined a retail lighting system that has the capacity to collect data from shoppers and simultaneously evaluate the results.
The experts were particularly impressed by a flexible and intelligent lighting solution for retail applications. Student Levon Lim Fang Yi created "Klik", a multifunctional spotlight rail with an adjustable luminaire housing that can be individually positioned at the push of a button, depending on the specific interior concept and shop design. The clear and minimalist design of the system suits any modern architecture. "Levon Lim Fang Yi inspired us with his detailed and consistent focus on function," confirmed Manfred Petschulat, Global Application & Product Marketing Director, Office Applications at Zumtobel.
Central Saint Martins in London is regarded as one of the world's leading art and design schools. International students benefit from the extensive university network and a strong focus on practical instruction, with many courses offering the chance to work with the very latest technologies and materials. Famous graduates include industrial designer James Dyson, singer Jarvis Cocker, sculptor Antony Gormley and fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, as well as actors Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth.