The brightest lights – including innovations from Ingo Maurer, Flos, Philips and more – that made their debut at Frankfurt’s Light + Building biennial, which wrapped up on Friday. For more, be sure to check out the full show report, coming up in our June issue.
1 Nod by
The minimal Nod Light sent German industrial design student Simon Frambach home from the show with a Design Award. The intuitive design borrows inspiration from pop-up car headlights, or a nodding head, to form a task lamp with intuitive functionality. It shines brightest with the LED disc’s face looking up; as the head bows, the light dims until it switches off, no buttons or switches required.
2 Ru Ku Ku by
The whimsical figures seen in the lower image were a last-minute addition to Ingo Maurer’s Ru Ku Ku light; the German designer added them to the new lamp just weeks before the show. The dancing characters transform an otherwise minimal lamp, which balances a bulb with an egg – a recurring motif in Maurer’s work.
3 Spider by
This Spider can have more than eight legs – in fact the possibilities are endless. The clustered suspension lamps crawl across the ceiling, then drop down with an adjustable LED-lit orb that rotates to direct light precisely where needed. Available in chrome, gold, rose gold or matte white, the sphere’s finishes can be mixed and matched as desired.
4 Paris by
One of a dozen launches from Tobias Grau, Paris can be integrated into the customizable Choice system, which allows a variety of pendants, suspension lamps and spotlights to be mounted on a single platform for a custom composition. Offering a hint of retro appeal, Paris combines aluminum with a bone china reflector that casts a gentle and glare-free light.
5 Bon Jour and Fast & Perfect by
Designed by Philippe Starck, Bon Jour has been refined since it was shown as a prototype at Euroluce last year, and is now hitting the market. It can be installed using another of the brand’s newest offerings: Fast & Perfect is a clever installation accessory that simply attaches to a drill to efficiently cut holes for trim-free downlights, in round or square shapes.
6 Aurora by
Toronto’s Nanoleaf provided a sneak peek at its newest LED smart bulb, set to officially launch this fall. Rather than a traditional, screw-in form, Aurora is a freestanding, colour-changing, triangular panel that can be connected to form custom patterns.
7 Feature wall concept by
The “star” of Philips’ massive stand, which took up the whole of Messe Frankfurt’s Forum hall, was this twinkling wall feature, modelled after the Milky Way. A smaller version mimicked sparkling snow and both were created by the company’s research division. It gives a glimpse of what to expect from the tech brand.
8 Ameluna by and
The luxury auto brand is looking ahead to an era when the driverless car demands a more seamless transition between the car interior and the home. Ameluna’s innovative optoelectronic system is embedded into a transparent frame and body body that allows light to be both direct and partially refracted. An RGBW spot above allows colour to be added, and the smart controls could allow a lighting scheme to follow the user from the car to the house.