Light Centre Paris: Zumtobel Group opens new space dedicated to light

On the evening of 13 December 2018, the Zumtobel Group opened its new Light Centre on a surface of 450m² at 10 rue d’Uzès in the 2nd arrondissement in Paris. The event was attended by around 200 guests and was framed solemnly by an exclusive intervention of the French philosopher Raphael Enthoven. In this new Light Centre, the Zumtobel Group showcases its broad portfolio in the field of professional lighting along with the associated services in the new premises, allowing light to be experienced in its many different fascinating facets.

A common location for Zumtobel Group in France 
In January 2018, the head office moved from the historical 156 boulevard Haussmann location to the new offices at 10 rue d’Uzès in the Bourse district. The location has now been extended by the new Light Centre with the aim to create a unique physical entry point for customers. Now offering all brands and solutions in one place, as well as hosting the internal Lighting Design office, the new Light Centre is designed to be the reference place in Paris and in France to feel the power and the potential of light.

“We are very pleased to be closer to our customers again with our new Light Centre and to strengthen our presence in Paris, the City of Light. With the new Light Centre we offer an ‘agora’ to architects and project leaders and give them the opportunity to see, feel and experience light,” says Marcel Masson Managing Director France.

Inviting spatial concept 
The new Light Centre in Paris is based on an open space concept that invites customers to exchange and network. The minimalist concept emphasises the typical architectural aspect of the 19th century building while letting natural and artificial light do their magic. Open meeting spaces promote communication and collaboration with our employees, thus contributing to finding synergies and foster creativity.

Light experienced in all dimensions
In this new Light Centre, the Zumtobel Group presents the expertise of its brands Zumtobel and Thorn in various lighting applications for indoor and outdoor in different exhibition zones. The welcome space with ‘Faszinosum’ and ‘Brandwall’, which are characteristic for Zumtobel Group Light Centres, is the point of attraction. Focused product presentations are deliberately avoided and light is shown as a material and as pure matter in a completely brand-neutral way. In this part of the Light Centre, visitors can truly experience the fascination of light. The showroom is showcasing the Zumtobel Masterpiece by Danish star artist Olafur Eliasson and is currently exhibiting the last annual report art work from renowned creative agency Sagmeister & Walsh.

About Zumtobel Group Light Centres
The idea of the Zumtobel Group Light Centres was raised more than 25 years ago based on the philosophy to collaborate closely with renowned architects and designers to establish a place where people can experience the best light for a particular application.

The opening of the Light Forum at our headquarters in Dornbirn was gradually followed by a series of international Light Centres. But this concept soon grew and became international, as these key sites became spaces for showcasing art, sharing knowledge and hosting creative exchanges.

Today, each Light Centre has its own identity, thanks to the distinctive signature of famous names such as Sauerbruch Hutton, Snøhetta, Bolles Wilson and Hans Hollein. The special look and feel of these locations has provided the stimulus for projects ranging from exhibition stands to the famous Zumtobel Group artistic annual report, while architects and designers like James Turrell, Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid, Frank Ghery and Ettore Sottsass have used our Light Centres to present their own inspiring collections and intriguing masterpieces.

The official opening was solemnly accompanied by a speech by the French philosopher Raphaël Enthoven.

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