Minimalist elegance

Light rarely tries to take pride of place, and yet it plays a decisive role in interior design and how a store is staged. It can ensure an upbeat mood – by having the right degree of brightness, color and intensity. It can be used to differentiate specific zones and stage rooms and goods on sale, helping foster an entertainingly varied shopping experience; indeed, it can even be very specifically tailored to the respective target group a store seeks to attract and enhance the group’s shopping fun. In order to deliver as many of these benefits as possible, lighting systems, in particular for retailing, need to be all-rounders. They need to be versatile and offer different possible applications, in some places remain invisible and in others function as confident design elements.

The second generation of the “Supersystem” LED lighting system developed by Austrian lighting specialist Zumtobel ticks all these boxes. Because the “Supersystem II” boasts a minimalist design, can be used flexibly, and offers a broad variety of components. The lighting system features three different illumination technologies: general lighting is provided using LED light strips that are a mere 33mm wide; the wallwashers ensure soft, even brightening of wall areas; and the miniature spots guarantee pinpoint accent lighting. These miniature spots combine an LED board with a glass lens and a plastic foil to achieve very even light distribution and no stray light at all. The foil located in the ring in front of the lens can be replaced, meaning the rotationally symmetrical light distribution can be adjusted from “Superspot” through “Wideflood” to an oval circle of light.

Thanks to the many different combinations possible with these three lamp types, the “Supersystem II” can create ideal ambient lighting, be it in an especially low room or an especially high one – everything up to five-meter-high rooms can be ideally staged – in other words the system is perfect for museums and galleries, office and conference rooms, private homes or stores, hotels and restaurants.

Not only is installing all the “Supersystem II” components especially easy, but they can swiftly and simply be changed at a later point in time to reflect changed spatial settings. All the components simply click into the relevant U-profile. The refined design and the miniaturization of the luminaires enables the system to be integrated almost invisibly into the interior architecture if so desired; the luminaires then do their work in the background, allowing the eye to focus firmly on the illuminated object: be it the retail goods on sale or the art exhibited in a museum. (ks)

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The strengths of Zumtobel’s “Supersystem II” stem from its conflict-free combination of different elements: LED spots, light strips or wallwashers can be installed in equal part on the basic components. Photo © Zumtobel
Cocoon-like retreats – in the changing room zones at Maison Ullens: Different control technologies enable the luminaires to be adapted perfectly to the respective purpose to create an excitingly dramatic setting. Photo © Zumtobel
Throughout the boutique, Panos Infinity Downlights and Cardan LED spotlights provide even and pleasant LED background lighting. Photo © Zumtobel
Accents made of light and marble: The design concept for the first Maison Ullens boutique in Paris was developed by the architects at OMA together with the founder of the label Myriam Ullens. Photo © Zumtobel

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