Sustainable Impact Prize - Energy Efficient Lighting Technologies x Design


OLED Design Lab

FHNW, HGK Basel – Institut Integrative Gestaltung: 

Ralf Michel (Projektleiter), Ulrich Bachmann
(stellv. Projektleiter), André Haarscheidt,
Julia-Katharina Büchel, Mathias Stich, Corsin Zarn,
Maria-Sol Burgener,
Valerie Notter de Rabanal

Assoziierter Partner: Werner Baumhakl,
Leiter BA Industrial Design HGK Basel, FHNW

In collaboration with:

iart, Basel: Valentin Spiess, Michael Lotz, Lukas Kaser, 
David Hänggi, Juan Ferrari

Inventron, Alpnach Dorf: Cornel Waldvogel,
Thomas Müller, Felix Küchler

Philips AG Lighting Schweiz:

Urs Maurer, Simon Furrer

Gewerbemuseum Winterthur:

Markus Rigert

Studio Hannes Wettstein:

Stephan Hürlemann, Christoph Goechnahts, Simon Husslein

Supported by:

Kommission für Technologie und Innovation KTI

OLEDs are flat sources of light. The light they emanate is characteristically diffuse but at the same time bright, with good colour reproduction, and along with the LED they are seen, in view of their energy efficiency, as being the luminaires of the future. Under the auspices of a KTI-sponsored research project, the OLED Design Lab has been investigating the design and technical potential of this new technology which is now approaching its market launch, using the OLED modules currently available (Philipps Lumiblade) as a basis. The goal was the prototype development of consumer lamps and lighting systems which are consistently geared to the special features and advantages of the OLED. This resulted in trailblazing solutions, suggested on the one hand by the thinness and lightness of the OLED units, and on the other by the possibility of digital controls and their system-forming potential. Interactive light installations and lamps illustrate what kinds of role may soon be open to OLEDs, in the field of scenography or interior lighting.

Comments by the Nominators

Together with LED technology, OLED technology – now gradually approaching market maturity – may well represent the future of artificial lighting. That alone is sufficient to justify this research project, which succeeds in highlighting the design and functional potential of the OLED.