Development of a new RIBAG light – in cooperation with Bartenbach

The implementation of a lighting concept that ensures our demands for seeing are met in every conceivable situation within rooms, is an extremely challenging task, and the input of various specialists is required to achieve this. The company Bartenbach has set about the task of bringing together expertise from a variety of fields such as architecture, physics and psychology into an interdisciplinary team of around 80 people, thereby fully illuminating the phenomenon of light. Since its foundation in the 1960s, the Austrian company has proven to be very successful at this.

A new RIBAG lamp

A new RIBAG lamp

This year the two lighting specialists Bartenbach and RIBAG have undertaken a joint project. The creative heads of both companies are working on the development of a promising light.

The joint undertaking began when Pascal Amacker, Creative Director of RIBAG, encountered an optical problem while experimenting with an innovative light control principle. To achieve the required quality standard, he contacted Bartenbach, as the engineers at the company are renowned for achieving the maximum when it comes to the medium of light. On a visit to Austria it soon became clear that the academic physics-based approach of the physicists working there provided good prospects for cooperation.

The definitive output of the cooperation is still a secret – however the sketch shows that the expectations are thoroughly justified. Pascal Amacker reveals: “The result will be a very sensuous product with sophisticated lighting technology that can be mounted on the ceiling." The secret is to be revealed in March 2018.

Mobile light: Research assignment for students at FHNW

The Industrial Design course at the University of Applied Sciences of North-West Switzerland (FHNW) is currently working on the topic POETRY OF LIGHT: MOBILE LIGHT. This project assignment was set by RIBAG and the intention was to encourage the students to focus more closely on the topic of light and mobility and thus “mobile light”. “With increasingly more flexible ways of living, it is ever more the case that you should be able to move and use light independently of fixed installed power supplies”, explains Pascal Amacker, Creative Director at RIBAG, who is actively supporting the project. The task of the students is to design and then present so-called battery lights. “The objective is to produce a lighting prototype”,  Pascal Amacker continues. RIBAG is supporting the students of the University of Applied Sciences of North-West Switzerland with technical as well as material assistance, or so-called “tinkerers’ stuff”, as Pascal Amacker calls it in jest.

The presentation of the projects is to take place in January 2018. 


Photographer: André Hönicke