A design award is always an honour. And the taste of success is even sweeter when it is served up several times – like at the Red Dot Award 2019, where three lighting solutions from Zumtobel’s current portfolio caught the eye of the jury. A revolutionary classic was honoured in the form of CLARIS evolution, while the LINETIK free-standing luminaire claimed a prize for its blend of delicate elegance and intelligent lighting technology in the workplace. The TEELA functional light sculpture, which adds a unique elegance to any space, completed the winning trio.
The Red Dot Award has become a serial success story for Zumtobel. Having seen three luminaires awarded the coveted seal of quality in 2018, Zumtobel was this year once again able to enjoy a triple triumph by impressing an expert international jury that included designers and experts such as Dr Sascha Peters, Mårten Claesson and Saskia Diez. On a functional level, the three award-winning luminaires clearly have two things in common: innovative technology and efficient sustainability. However, when it comes to aesthetics, the three solutions take very different approaches to spatial lighting, ranging from an artistic and poetic angle driven by architects to an austere revolution in office lighting and a proven design classic.
TEELA – Artistic lighting scenes
Zumtobel has used editions #02 to forge a link between sculptural spatial objects and functional lighting for the third time. The special TEELA luminaire is one of three pioneering solutions that make up the latest incarnation of the editions, a special collection of lighting visions created by renowned designers and architects. A flexible fabric shell stretches over the slender, flat body and the slightly protruding spots, which transform the surface into a lighting landscape. A dynamic lighting landscape. The material itself shifts in line with the orientation of the spotlights – and TEELA as a whole harnesses uniform backlighting to deliver atmospheric indirect illumination. From a distance, the almost invisibly installed pendant luminaire looks rather like a glowing, floating cloud. Carefully blending technological sophistication, acoustic effectiveness and an expressive character with emotional lighting effects, TEELA fulfils the overriding goal of the designers: to enable users to experience an affective approach to this exceptional light object. A team from the Delugan Meissl studio has developed this special lighting solution out of the general space, establishing TEELA as an object that enhances both quality of life and the atmosphere of any room in which it hangs.
CLARIS – A classic in the future
The CLARIS louvre luminaire has been an integral part of the Zumtobel portfolio for two decades. And now CLARIS evolution – the third generation – is writing a fresh chapter in this seemingly endless success story. The pendant luminaire for workstations with visual display units (VDUs) not only demonstrates its timeless design, but also once again sets new standards in terms of technical features. Zumtobel has very much taken a sensitive approach to this modern makeover. Installing state-of-the-art lighting technology made it possible to slim down the body, while at the same time carefully maintaining the overall proportions of the original design. With a height of just 26 millimetres, the LEDs have been successfully placed in recessed light chambers, making the slender housing appear as though it has been cast from a single mould. In addition to aesthetic minimalism, the tailor-made individualisation is consistently reflected in all aspects of the design. Four colour variants, three light-chamber options and a matt or gloss finish ensure plenty of choice. A total of 24 different choices, to be precise.
LINETIK – A reduced form with functional versatility
Revolutionary design and profound technical innovations have enabled LINETIK to turn conventional thinking about office lighting on its head. Designers Simon Fischer and Matt Free from F Mark Ltd devised this trailblazing Zumtobel luminaire – and in doing so, have almost managed to somehow decouple light from its actual materiality. It is very much the lighting effect that first catches the eye, as the reduced cross-section of just 24 millimetres helps the LED free-standing solution remain discreetly in the background. The core element of the lighting technology is a specially developed reflector. This scales LINETIK back to an absolute minimum in terms of form and delivers uniform functional illumination for the workplace. With low energy consumption, naturally. A delicate silhouette means that this aluminium fitting stands in the room like an accurately drawn L-line, appearing to almost float above the work surface with its cantilevered luminaire arm. The precisely balanced direct light output is tailored for use at single or double workstations, while indirect light is emitted atmospherically from an extrusion lens directed towards the ceiling.
About the Red Dot Award
Originally founded in the German city of Essen, the Red Dot Award has been recognising good design since 1955. A multi-disciplinary international jury is put together every year to honour outstanding design solutions. The “Red Dot” is a stamp of quality that is organised into three categories to thematically cover the core aspects of design: “Product Design”, “Brands & Communication” and “Design Concept”. The winning products are presented online and in an annual publication, as well as being shown in the three Red Dot Design museums at the Zollverein Colliery in Essen, in Singapore and in the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen.