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Surface Design Awards Looking for the Very Best in Innovative Surfaces

September 21st, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Surface Design Awards are a part of the Surface Design Show which is the only event in the UK that solely focuses on interior and exterior surfaces. The Surface Design Show will be returning to the Business Design Centre, Islington London from the 6 – 8th February 2018, connecting an audience of architects and designers with the best innovative and exhilarating surfaces from across the World.

Surface Design Awards are looking for the best interior and exterior design projects which feature innovative surfaces and this is the last chance to apply as entry for the awards close on Friday 29th September 2017.

The Surface Design Awards, launched in 2013, have massively grown in both stature and quality. There are 13 Awards across 7 distinct categories, most being divided into exterior and interior groups. As well as a Supreme Award presented to the category winner which the judges believe stands out for its excellence.  Each project is judged on a variety of criteria including materials used, type of surface and aesthetic design.

2017 shortlisted projects included a church in Kenya, wine and spirit museum in China and a studio in Scotland with The Broad, USA by ARUP/Dillier Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler receiving the honour of being named the supreme winner.

This year’s judging panel will be co-chaired by Ab Rogers, Creative Director of Ab Rogers Design, and Tina Norden, Project Director of Conran and Partners. Joining them are 6 fellow professionals from the architecture and design world:

Jenny Jones – Jenny Jones Studio,

Sacha Leong – Studioilse,

Jo Littlefair – Goddard Littlefair,

Howard Sullivan – YourStudio

Nir Gilad – Nous Design

Constantina Tsoutsikou – HBA London

Sponsors for the 2018 Awards include Business Design Centre, James Latham and Eden Anglo Veneers.

It is essential to enter your project by 29th September 2017 to secure the chance to be shortlisted in one of the most respected award events of the year.

Projects can be submitted by the client, architect or designer, surface supplier or their representative.


Enter the Surface Design Awards via the website before Friday 29th September

TLS Will Spice up the Light at the Restaurant and Bar Design Show 2017

September 21st, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Just a reminder that there is still time to register for a free ticket for the Restaurant & Bar Design Show 2017 at London Excel on 26th & 27th September.

Please visit the TLS stand (8172) to see a range of LED lighting and controls and let us speak to you about the solutions that we can provide.

So grab your free ticket to the Restaurant and Bar Design Show. Visit stand 8172 and see how we can spice up your light.


If you cannot make it to the show, learn more by visiting our website,, or call +44 (0)1603 295011.

Light + Building 2018 with new themes and 2,600 exhibitors on track for success

September 21st, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

‘Connected – Secure – Convenient’ is the new motto of the coming Light + Building, which will be held with new main themes, a new special exhibition and an additional exhibition hall in Frankfurt am Main from 18 to 23 March 2018.

Focusing on the key issues of the ‘smartification of everyday life’ and ‘aesthetics and well-being in harmony’, the industry is preparing to present intelligent and networked solutions, future-oriented technologies and current design trends, which increase not only economic efficiency of buildings but also the comfort and safety and security of the users, at the world’s biggest trade fair for lighting and building-services technology. As a fair of innovations, Light + Building brings together all power-controlled building-services systems and promotes integrated building planning with a product spectrum unrivalled in both horizontal and vertical terms.

In line with the high degree of dynamism in the sector, the interim results for Light + Building 2018 could hardly be better. All market leaders have already registered for the fair and a total of 2,600 exhibitors are expected to launch their latest products and innovations onto the world market for lighting, electrical technology and house and building automation.

“Light + Building is the setting for big ideas and decisive impulses. Accordingly, we are delighted with the very positive exhibitor response and are sure that the coming edition of Light + Building will once again underscore its unparalleled function as the leading trade fair for the sector”, says Wolfgang Marzin, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Messe Frankfurt.

One of the focal-point themes of the coming fair will be safety and security technology. The combination of different systems, such as video monitoring and access control, their interconnection and integration in building automation are important aspects of interest to both the industry and users. Thus, the fields of house and building automation and power-controlled safety and security technology will be concentrated together for the first time in Hall 9.1 at Light + Building 2018 to create a focal point – a centre for integrated building-services technology – offering visitors a complete overview of the entire spectrum of house and building automation, as well as electric safety and security technology. Enriching the new location will be a special show entitled ‘SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings’ and the Intersec Forum, which will be held concurrently with the fair on four days from 19 to 22 March 2018. In addition to the concentrated presentation in Hall 9.1, leading manufacturers will present innovations from the world of safety and security technology in other halls of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. And, thanks to a brochure entitled ‘Guide to Safety and Security Technology’, visitors will be able to obtain a quick overview of the complete spectrum to be seen at the fair.

The ‘SECURE! Connected Security in Buildings’ special show is designed to give visitors insights into how innovative technical solutions can make a building more economically efficient and take account of the individual users’ needs. In distinction to the exhibitors’ presentations, the special show will take three specific applications (hotel – office – industry) and blend all aspects from the point of view of security and user interfaces.

Aesthetics and well-being in harmony

A focal point in the Lighting product segment at Light + Building 2018 will be the presentation of the latest design trends in the lighting market and the exhibitors’ high level of design expertise. Digitalisation has paved the way for a new dimension of luminaire design, and lighting-technology innovations are shifting the spotlight to people and their personal needs, as shown by the increasing significance of Human Centric Lighting (HCL). This involves, inter alia, the effects of light on people and on their health, performance capability and well-being.

As in the case of HCL, digitalisation is also the key to street-lighting management and is the prerequisite for a variety of other services, such as charging points for e-mobility, W-LAN infrastructure, sensor technology for surveillance, loudspeakers for emergency announcements and emergency-call buttons. Enriched with supplementary functions of this kind, street lighting offers interesting smart-city lighting concepts and is an important factor for the creation of smart cities.

The spectrum of Light + Building exhibitors encompasses luminaire design of all kinds, technical lighting and lamps in a variety of versions and for all applications, not to mention a big selection of lighting components and accessories, as well as outdoor and street lighting. All are to be found in Halls 1 (Design Trend Spot) to 6, as well as Hall 10 and the Forum.

The smartification of everyday life

A key role in the construction and operation of intelligent and networked buildings is played by electrical technology and house and building automation.

With its central cross-sectional technologies oriented towards holistic solutions, electrical technology plays a crucial part in the field of building-services technology and, only at Light + Building, are electrical solutions to be found in the context of other disciplines, such as lighting and building automation. Thanks to this unrivalled linkage, the industry is able to present an integrated range of products that make a decisive contribution to exploiting the energy-saving potential of buildings to the full.

By concentrating all technical disciplines, building automation also plays an important role: the increasing interlinkage and digitalisation of electrical installations increases the quality of life at home and at work. At Light + Building, the industry presents solutions and technologies oriented not only towards low energy consumption and modern safety and security expectations but also individual creative options and a high level of comfort. Visitors will find the range of energy-efficient building-system solutions, electrical installations and building infrastructure in Hall 8.0. In Hall 11.0, everything revolves around electrical installation and networking technology while design-oriented electrical installations and building-systems technology are in Hall 11.1.

In addition to the broad spectrum of products being shown by the exhibitors, Light + Building is also distinguished by a multi-faceted complementary programme of events for all trade visitors, i.e., architects, engineers, planners, interior architects, designers, artisans, the trade and industry, from special exhibitions and expert lecture to trend presentations.

Further information about Light + Building can be found on the internet at

At present, twelve fairs around the world make up the Light + Building family of events – in Argentina, China, India, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Information about the brands is available at:


Online sellers should be legally required to take on the duties of “producer” under the WEEE directive

September 20th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

On 13 September over 80 delegates from across 12 different countries met to discuss ways to tackle the growing number of online market places that fail to be WEEE compliant with the EEE regulations. This is referred to as freeriding.

The introductory speaker Peter Börkey of the OECD presented initial findings suggesting that online freeriding could account for 5-10% of all sales.

EucoLight and WEEE Forum main takeaways from the workshop are that European policy makers and Member States should consider:

  • That online sellers and fulfilment houses should be legally required to take on the duties of “producer” under the WEEE directive for the product they sell or stock on behalf of non WEEE registered companies.
  • That the concept of Authorised Representative (AR) could help to address the problem, but needs further analysis to ensure it is appropriate, and that liabilities of the AR are adequately defined.

The meeting also reached many other important conclusions:

  • The huge scale of free riding puts compliant companies, and “bricks and mortar” retailers at a material commercial disadvantage.
  • 80% of the problem is related to transactions that take place within the EU.  In many cases the product will have originated from outside of the EU, but is held in stock by fulfilment houses and other online operators inside the EU.  There was general agreement that tackling this first will be easier, and will solve a major part of the problem.
  • Some solutions could include improved codes of conduct in online operators, but other solutions may require tougher measures through the strict enforcement of the existing law.
  • More data is needed to quantify the full scale of the problem.
  • There is some need for education of online operators, who may not all be aware of the need to comply.
  • Certification of online operators that do verify the compliance of the product they sell could help consumers to exercise an informed choice.

The workshop contributors included Maria Banti and Birgit Snoeren (European Commission), Nigel Harvey (EucoLight), Christian Ludwig (WEEE Europe), Jonathan Perry (Dell), Michael Adams (Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland), Annegret Mayer (E-commerce Europe) and Alexander Goldberg (European WEEE Registers Network).

Commenting on the outcomes of the workshop, WEEE Forum Secretary General Pascal Leroy said, “We are delighted that this topic raised such a high level of interest and that the key recommendations have real potential to address this serious problem.”

EucoLight Secretary General Marc Guiraud added “The process has started; the ideas are on the table.  Now we need to see action on both legislation and enforcement.”



Committed to promote young talents: Zumtobel joins forces with the prestigious Central Saint Martins, UAL, in London

September 19th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

What will the new generation of lighting solutions really look like? This is the intriguing yet complex question that 60 students from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL) have been seeking to answer – in a variety of different ways. They were helped and supported with their discussions and deliberations by 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. Collaborations with a variety of different partners open up new approaches and provide valuable impetus for fresh innovation. 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 Diector 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.

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. Yorgo Lykouria was very positive about the project: “The attitudes of the students showed incredible commitment and passion; there were some presentations Seite 2 / 3


so full of joy. They love what they are doing, they are doing it because they want to and that shows a promise.”

The experts were particularly impressed by a flexible and intelligent lighting solution for retail applications. Student Levon Lim Fang Yi thought carefully about every aspect of the solution, from the initial concept to the final realisation and even the marketing strategy, creating “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. All the experts in Dornbirn deemed Levon Lim Fang Yi’s proposal to be 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 & 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 M.I.A., sculptor Antony Gormley and fashion designers Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, as well as actors Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth.

Zumtobel has a rich history of supporting well-known designers and emerging talents with lighting technology expertise. For example, the Austrian lighting solutions provider has already worked closely with the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, enabling the creation of the Cornea Ti light artwork. Produced in collaboration with students from the interior design bachelor degree course, this interactive installation shone brightly at the Luminale 2014 with light from Zumtobel. Other projects have also been realised with universities in Lichtenstein, Linz, Graz, Vienna and Darmstadt, while further joint initiatives are already in the pipeline. The partnership with Central Saint Martins is also to be continued in the future.

Last chance to register for the Restaurant & Bar Design Show!

September 18th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Just over one week to go until doors open to the Restaurant & Bar Design Show! The show is a leading event for restaurant owners, bar owners, architects and interior designers working across the breadth of the design sector, at the ExCeL, London, on 26th & 27th September.

We’ve been telling you about this event for weeks, but it’s finally here! And, there are only a limited amount of free tickets still available. So, if you haven’t already registered, you can do so here!

If you haven’t had the chance to check out what this great show has to offer then the digital show guide promises to wet your appetite! Click here to take a sneak peek and get the low-down on all the highlights of this year’s show, including over 350 of Europe’s most innovative suppliers, the world-leading keynote line-up, masterclasses, 150 seminars, Innovation Awards, panel sessions, interactive features and much more!

And, your ticket includes access into all six events running alongside! Register for your free ticket now at


XYZ Technologie and CHAUVET Professional Enhance Classic Beauty Of Sainte Famille Church

September 15th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Walk into Ste-Famille Church and you are not only entering a house of worship, but taking a transformative journey through time. Founded by the first bishop of Nouvelle France over three centuries ago, the church is one of the oldest in North America, its tradition reflected in its distinctive architecture and the richly colored original frescoes that adorn its walls and ceiling, as well as the dome over its semicircular apse.

As part of a recent revitalization project, sponsored by the Conseil du Patrimoine du Québec, the church’s architectural flourishes and stunning frescoes now glow with a new radiance, thanks to a carefully planned all-LED lighting design by Philippe Péquignot that features a collection of CHAUVET Professional fixtures, supplied by Montreal’s XYZ Technologie Culturelle.

“Our mission was to showcase the church and its frescoes without detracting from the original aesthetics of the building or its artwork,” said Charles Cadieux of XYZ Technologie Culturelle, which provided technical design assistance on the project in addition to specifying and supplying the lights. “The selection of the correct LED fixtures and judicious placement of them were critical to helping us achieve this goal.”

Using LED fixtures was essential to this project, said Cadieux, given the age of the frescoes. “The frescoes still had their original paint, so we didn’t want to expose them to heat from a non-LED fixture,” he said. “We were committed to making this an all-LED installation.”

XYZ Technologie Culturelle specified 10 Ovation Min-E-10CW compact ellipsoidals, one Ovation F-95 WW Fresnel, 31 COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 and 12 COLORdash Batten-Quad 6 RGBA linear washes, as well as 15 COLORdash S-Par 1 RGBA fixtures.  The output of these fixtures was a critical factor in the decision to use them at Sainte Famille. However, before they could even begin to look at brightness, the design team had to be convinced that the fixtures were compact enough not to disrupt the aesthetics of the church.

“From the very beginning, it was an ironclad rule that anything we installed would have to be concealed by the building’s architectural details,” said Cadieux. “To maintain the original look of the church, it was essential to conceal the fixtures. However, at the same time we wanted the brightness. The compact Chauvet lights allowed us to have both.”

Given their dual goal of creating brightness while keeping the fixtures out of sight, the design team had to pay close attention to the placement of lights.  They relied on the building’s architecture to provide cover for the fixtures. For example, the 11 Ovation units in the install are strategically placed 25’ in the air over the altar, with their bases blocked by various architectural details.

“This arrangement allows us to conceal the Ovations while letting their luminous flux transform the frescoes,” said Cadieux. “The high output from the Ovations’ LED engines produces general lighting of the altar and the bishop’s seat.”

The COLORdash fixtures were used to accent the architecture of the church as well as the frescoes. “We decided to go with the COLORdash series, because of its low profile and high projection efficiency,” said Cadieux. “Another feature we really valued was their ability to render very vivid colors. The church can completely transform its looks by changing color washes.”

Such color transformation could never have been imagined years ago when the frescoes were originally painted in their brilliant colors. Yet through the thoughtful application of new technology, this timeless art now blossoms like never before.


September 14th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Light Middle East ( October 17-19 2017) is the region’s dedicated trade show for the lighting design and technology industries and the LIA’s UK Pavilion will be there flying the flag for the UK lighting industry.

The Pavilion returns for its fourth year, joining over 370 exhibitors from 31countries at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Joining us on the LIA UK Lighting Pavilion are:

  • Bright Green Technology
  • Bri-Tek Technologies Ltd
  • Crompton Lamps
  • GAP Lighting
  • Gemma Lighting
  • Inspired by Design
  • LEDFlex Ltd
  • NMac Lighting
  • Penn-Elcom
  • And Qvis Lighting

As a Department of International Trade (DiT) Challenge Partner, The LIA are committed to supporting SMEs increase their export market potential. Our Pavilions have already successfully promoted over 50 UK lighting companies to new markets and attracted DiT funding to support those involved.

David White, EMEA Business Manager, from Qvis Lighting says:
‘Before during and after the show we found the LIA very helpful with any enquiries we had and of course having a LIA members plaque on our stand helped us as well as any membership of a British Organisation always goes down well in overseas countries’


To coincide with this UK Pavilion the LIA have published ‘Middle Eastern Lighting Market’ a concise and informative research report providing members with greater information on the region’s lighting market.

So if you are visiting Light Middle East don’t forget to visit S2-F41 and see what the UK lighting industry has to offer at the LIA UK Pavilion.


September 14th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Decorex, the UK’s leading destination for interior design, and the London Design Fair will partner for London Design Festival 2017, offering visitors a broader perspective on design. Both events explore different aspects of the design community and through this enhanced experience, they are encouraging audiences to engage in an even wider discussion on the emerging trends and topics facing the industry today.

This year sees Decorex celebrating 40 years of design as the opening destination of the London Design Festival. Established in 1978, Decorex is firmly recognized among the international design community as the trusted resource for high-end interior designers, architects, specifiers, retailers and property developers. Boasting more than 400 exhibitors from leading names to emerging talents, this annual four-day show takes place each September in the prestigious location of Syon Park. Attracting nearly 14,000 visitors from across the globe, Decorex 2017 will be exploring design collaborations as this year’s show theme by focusing both on the strength of its past and current relationships and importantly looking towards those future partnerships.

The collaboration between two complementary shows will see both present their exhibitions consecutively, with Decorex open between 17 and 20 September and the London Design Fair from 21 to 24 September. Drawing on the synergies between the two, retail buyers, specifiers, architects, interior designers and design devotees can consider the many diverse facets of a range of contemporary interiors. A pass for either show will be valid at both, which means that visitors will be able to access two major destinations of the London Design Festival for virtually the entire festival. In addition, the partnership will be promoted on social media, with both shows picking their highlights from each event.

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