The exhibition “OLED – Licht der Zukunft?” (OLED – Light of the Future?) at the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur
The exhibition showcases the results of the research project “Transformative Räume und Objekte” (Transformative Spaces and Objects) including the patented innovation flokk. The OLED technology holds enormous potential: it could change future lighting concepts both for home and work spaces, as atmospheric light or as a scenographic element. In contrast to conventional point light sources like bulbs or standard LEDs, OLEDs are manufactured in the form of uniform flat surfaces or films. They emit a diffuse light, often described as soft. The form factor and special nature of the emitted light open up new design possibilities to designers and (interior) architects. Because OLEDs are far more than a new source of light – they can be considered a haptic, luminous material. Surfaces of objects or in rooms can now be designed and conceived in new, innovative and almost countless ways. At the same time, OLEDs are highly efficient.
The exhibition “OLED – Licht der Zukunft?” provides an insight into the research project of the OLED Design Lab at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Basel (Switzerland). Under the direction of Ralf Michel and Prof. Ulrich Bachmann and in close collaboration with partners from industry, engineering and design (Philips AG Lighting Switzerland, Lumiblade OLED Lighting, Inventron AG, iart ag, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur, Studio Hannes Wettstein), the team performed extensive experiment-based research to examine the innovative potential of OLEDs. The research project was funded by the Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI).
Within the framework of this project, iart developed an innovative, combined hardware and software solution for OLEDs (and LEDs): flokk!
Featuring drafts, prototypes and interactive installations, “OLED – Licht der Zukunft?” shows design perspectives promised by this new lighting technology and informs about the current stage of development. The exhibition also shows a number of OLED-luminaires designed by the internationally renowned light designer Ingo Maurer since 2006. He is considered to be the first designer working constantly with the current type of OLEDs at any one time.
There will be a number of guided tours through the exhibition, led by one of the members of the OLED Design Lab. If you wish to have a private tour focusing on the potential of flokk, please check the website of the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur.
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