Lastingly good light

In the form of “TEAM” Tobias Grau has launched a new series of luminaires that is conceived as a holistic, efficient network.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 11/30/2020

“The work on the 'TEAM' series began with comprehensive research on light at the workplace. Light has an immense influence on wellbeing and people’s ability to concentrate. 'TEAM' is a simple, holistic solution for modern, dynamic and multi-layered workplaces,” say Timon and Melchior Grau. With the new collection the creative directors at luminaire manufacturer Tobias Grau are currently presenting their second addition to the portfolio of the family-run company: Following on from “Parrot”, a mobile standard lamp, the “Team” series represents a new approach for office lighting. Conceived as a network the collection comprises five typologies in a single system from a standing model to a suspension luminaire through to a desk luminaire. What all have in common is a clear formal language: To this end, Timon and Melchior Grau came up with slender, minimalist bodies of aluminum with gently rounded edges and a matt, powder-coated surface in cool colors such as pale blue or white. “From the outset ‘TEAM’ was designed as a series that would fit harmoniously as a group into any setting,” they say. The head and base of the luminaires are designed from a curving strip and flow into one another. Moreover, the luminaire body serves as a cooling system. An attractive lighting solution thought through down to the last detail and which can be integrated into any environment.

Equally impressive is the light quality of the luminaires: “‘TEAM’ distributes light precisely and glare-free. Color rendering corresponds with the high standard for home lighting and consequently supports the already flowing transition between the home and the office, explain Timon and Melchior Grau. To achieve this quality Tobias Grau developed a new BEAM-LENS technology that operates with hundreds of LEDs behind slanted lenses. “Good light makes people feel alert, focused and happy. Light determines how we see things and controls our biorhythm,” say Timon and Melchior Grau.

“TEAM” is also smart because all the sensors are integrated into the luminaire body and the system is regulated completely automatically. “It was important to us that you can configure the perfect automatic system really easily and intuitively. When you have done it once the light sets itself on subsequent occasions,” say the designers. Via a QR-code on the luminaire you are directed to a web platform where the groupings and sensor settings can be configured. Consequently, “TEAM” provides the right light at any time of day. In other words, the efficient system caters to the requirements of its user: “What we find interesting about design is how it relates to people. Good design should place the focus squarely on people and provide them with the best tools for developing their potential. So, properties such as diversity or flexibility are not a means to an end for us but rather open up and broaden the scope of design,” is how Timon and Melchior Grau sum it all up.