Sixty students at Central Saint Martins University of Arts London were asked the question, “What will the new generation of lighting solutions really look like?” Representatives of well-known architecture firms and experts from Zumtobel supported and helped in their discussions and deliberations related to this complex question. Central Saint Martins in London is regarded as one of the world’s leading art and design schools.
LED lighting firm Zumtobel points out that collaborations with various partners can open up new approaches and provide an incentive for fresh new designs.
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 the project. The group of students was asked to develop creative software applications, services, products or complete service systems for art, home, office, and culture or retail applications. Then, they had to present their final concepts to a team of experts.
The panel selected the five most inventive ideas from the first round of presentations in London. Afterwards, the students with these winning ideas were invited to the Zumtobel headquarters in Dornbirn for further discussions with specialists.
Experts from Zumtobel and trusted partners from major design and architecture offices led the selection process. These experts from design and architectural firms included Chris Falla and Haochen Yu from Bjarke Ingels Group, Helmut Kinzler from Zaha Hadid Architects and Yorgo Lykouria, and the 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. At the same time, they can benefit from the experience and knowledge of our experts. I think it is fair to say that participants from all sides have been inspired by this project,” explained Teresa Zumtobel.
Central Saint Martins Students Developed Several Unique Concepts
Concepts developed by the students included a collection of light jewelry, which responds to the heartbeat of the wearer, a luminaire that imitates sunlight by radiating warmth and well-being, and a lighting solution for art galleries that offers 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. Yorgo Lykouria was very positive about the project, “The attitudes of the students showed incredible commitment and passion; there were some presentations so full of joy. They love what they are doing, they are doing it because they want to and that shows a promise.”
A flexible and intelligent lighting solution for retail applications especially impressed the experts. Student Levon Lim Fang Yi considered every aspect of the solution carefully, from the initial concept to the final product realization and even a marketing strategy.
He created “Klik”, a multifunctional spotlight rail with an adaptable housing that can be independently positioned at the push of a button, depending on the specific shop design or interior concept. The system’s minimalist design suits any modern architecture. All the experts in Dornbirn thought Levon Lim Fang Yi’s proposal was the best overall concept.
“Levon Lim Fang Yi inspired us with his detailed and consistent focus on function. Thanks to the enormous flexibility of the individual modules, his spotlight system can provide tailor-made lighting solutions for every room and every interior style – solutions that can be easily adapted with a simple movement,” confirmed Manfred Petschulat, global application and product marketing director, Office Applications at Zumtobel.
Famous graduates of Central Saint Martin University of Arts London include industrial designer James Dyson, singer M.I.A., sculptor Antony Gormley and fashion designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, as well as actors Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth.