This unique issue focuses entirely on the German international interiors show IMM. Celebrated Czech designer Lucie Koldova was selected to create this year’s Das Haus installation. We take you into her “light house” in this issue. You won’t want to miss this ride through emotions. Scandinavian design has been a much-talked-about trend, but today the lifestyle moves forward and merges into a new era: Lagom. Learn more in Lagom: The New Minimalism in Home Living. Designers and manufacturers work together on decorative lighting, with a weighted understanding that it affects mood, health and performance. We unveil the latest collaborations in this issue and give insight from like-minded professionals.
Czech designer Lucie Koldova represents the importance of light on living in her Das Haus installation at IMM 2018 in Cologne, Germany.
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At IMM Cologne this year, visitors discovered a range of light-guided moods throughout the fair, notably atPure Editions.
Indoor lighting has moved beyond its original function to illuminate and has become a tool for designers to generate an entire atmosphere in a space, affecting people’s moods, health and performance. Research has revealed that warmer correlated color temperature (CCT) causes subjects to feel calmer and more awake, and certain illuminance and CCT “can have a waking effect on the central nervous system.”
Rooms for Feeling
Czech designerLucie Koldova, who is current art director ofBrokis, was invited to design this year’s version ofDas Haus at imm Cologne, where she chose to give lighting the leading role, demonstrating in different cellular zones how it suits varying individual needs throughout the day. Koldova emphasizes decorative lighting’s capacity to influence mood.
“Light can make you comfortable, light can calm you down, light can keep you up when you need. Everyone can choose what he or she prefers,” she said in an interview with ArchiExpo e-Magazine.
Muffins (2014) by Brokis lighting, designed by Lucie Koldova
The designer recommends, however, to exercise or practise yoga instead of relying on light when it comes to stress.
All glass lighting in the Das Haus is produced by Czech company Brokis, specialized in the tradition of Bohemian glass. Such pieces included Ivy, Big One, Jack O’Lantern and Puro Sparkle, released for the first time at IMM Cologne.
The Puro was intended to send off a symbolic sparkle and welcome visitors into Koldova’s light-themed house. Its noble yet minimalistic geometry constitutes the centrepiece of the Das Haus concept, according to Koldova.
“Sparkles levitate in space and dominate the interior landscape. It is a light sculpture and the embodiment of positive energy.”
Brighten Your Mood
Danish companyEbb & Flow makes use of lightings ability to encourage a positive mood through use of color. All of their designs intend to bring feelings of warmth and joy into a space.
They released new glass and metal pendants at IMM Cologne including Horizon and Smykke, and also introduced a collection of fabric pendants and table lamps that fit onto a glass base.
“The fusion of the [glass and fabric] has created a beautiful new range of table lamps and pendants, and opened up a lush and luxurious world of texture and color,” the company’s founder Susanne Nielsen notes on the Ebb & Flow website.
Nielsen, who is from Denmark originally, spent many years working in London before returning to Denmark in 2009. Both British and Nordic styles influence Ebb & Flow’s lighting collections.
Ebb & Flow Rowan Pendant lamp
Mental State of Mathematics
Mood and emotion may not be what we associate with measurements and mathematics, but there is an ancient tradition of calculating beauty, from the Fibonacci sequence to Da Vinci’s use of the Golden Ratio.Marc de Groot, Dutch designer who exhibited as part ofEnlightened Design atimm Cologne uses Fibonacci’s sequence to create feelings through lighting pieces. He spoke to ArchiExpo e-Magazine:
You can see the relationships between measurements in nature—the spiral of the seashell or if you count the petals on a flower. It gives some peace and quiet to experience.
De Groot hand-makes complex geometric lights in brushed aluminum and brass, materials he chooses for their durability and ability to age gracefully. Folded from metal pieces, Fractal, released this year, and Beehive illuminate in patterns “like the light that comes through a tree,” said de Groot.
The fractal, standing fixture, by Marc de Groot. Courtesy of the designer.
At IMM Cologne, Enlightened Design aspired to transport the illuminated crypt atmosphere to the passage between Halls 2 and 3. In March of 2018, de Groot will launch Juno, the newest addition to his lighting collection, at Index Dubai.
Movie Light Magic
On set, lighting can evoke a vast range of emotions among movie-going audiences. Swiss textile company Forster Rhoner creates film lighting for Carpetlight using their e-broidery® LED textile technology. Forster Rhoner combines fabric and LEDs to create fabrics that illuminate.The textiles are washable and drape-able and can range from a fine voile to a heavy dimout fabric. Standard connectors provide power supply, usually through a UBS A plug. Their LED fabrics take audiences on an emotional ride in television series like “Vikings” or movies like soon to be released “The Aftermath.”
Forster Rhoner introduced its newdecorative LED textile collection Illumination at Heimtextil and IMM Cologne 2018. The fourth generation Swiss-based family company’s long-running experience with textiles, along with competency in material science, textile technology and electrical engineering has enabled them to produce highly innovative textile solutions in home lighting design, adding the magic of the movies to any interior space.
Tradition and Technology in One
Vanory exhibited its vivid mood light made of handblown glass. Vanory combines smart lighting technology with a unique textile fabric. Access to the Vanory Mood Collection provides a variety of exclusive content. Regardless of calm and easygoing, cool and clear or colorful and exciting; they form the right mood with extraordinary light effects. The moving pictures here demonstrate a small selection in a quick run to give a first impression. If another mood is desired, touch the panel at the top of the luminaire or click the Vanory smartphone app. The integrated Wifi can be connected to various on-line services, which serve as a source of information for illustrated moods.
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German companies controLED and RFID GmbH by Geschwister Flötotto launched the let’s be smart project with Koelnmesse for the 2018 IMM event. Several of the top tech and furniture companies leading the IoT industry today partnered with them to generate a truly smart home in which everything works together. Located in the Pure Architects section, the Smart Home exhibition displayed the seamless integration of their products.
The future of intelligent homes is closer than near, it’s finally here. In the let’s be smart exhibition, every object with a potential for connectivity came in IoT form, with Alexa sitting at the forefront of the smart home, readily awaiting commands.
“There’s an app for every device here down to the smallest one,” said controLED’s Tim Skrok during the guided tour.
You can find out how much coffee is left in your machine simply by looking at your smartphone or by asking Alexa.
Do we really need an entirely connected home? Skrok asked the visitors. No, he said. But it will simplify the life of those who enjoy having connected objects and find themselves with many. He also explained how several products could reduce damage costs and prevent fatal or severe injuries.
The smart entrance to the main house of the exhibition had a fingerprint detection system, a chip-coded card reader, and even a keyhole for those who prefer entering the traditional way. Whenever the resident comes home at night, the entry verification process also prompts on the interior lights to avoid entering a dark space. A visitor call system via an app allows homeowners to answer while away and let visitors in if necessary.
The smart entrance by Biffar, presented at the let’s be smart exhibition.
Inside the Ultimate Smart Home
The entryway revealed a medium-sized mirror by Dirror hanging on the wall, which turns into the central station, the master controller for all IoT objects. From this station we can directly select the level of lighting in a specific room, adjust the temperature, set the music, change the artwork displayed on The Frame by Samsung, close or open room dividers, verify the remaining time for the washer and dryer, get the steamer going in the Grohe wellness shower, and the list continues.
Miele’s smart washing machine
The bathroom featured Grohe’s wellness toilet—Japanese style—and wellness shower with waterproof speakers connected via Bluetooth, along with its programmable steamer. The washing machine included Grohe’s Sense Guard, which detects a broken pipe and turns off the water supply before major leak damage occurs. The kitchen countertop by Nolte Kitchens hid touch sensors which turned lights on or dimmed them, a nice feature when cooking. Meanwhile, Miele kitchen appliances can be activated via smartphone or Alexa through its mobile app. In the living area, the furniture housed invisible speakers thanks to Flexound® Xperience.
Learn more about the smart features included in the micro-apartment and office on the let’s be smart website and find all the products presented in the exhibition here—in German only.
Let’s Talk Energy and Materials!
Let’s be smart highlighted sustainable and eco-friendly solutions. In the driveway, Tesla’s Model X electric car was parked along the E-Mobility station housing the Powerwall, a solar energy home battery.
Powerwall detects grid outages and automatically becomes your home’s main energy source. Protect your home from the next power outage and keep your lights on, phones charged and no puddles under the fridge.
The Powerwall, a solar energy home battery. Courtesy of Tesla
An overall success and an excellent example of the force of collaboration, the physical look of the exhibition was developed by using the 3-D interior design software from pCon, which invited visitors to play with the VR version on site.