‘capix’ by zumtobel (above) as part of the ‘hive’ lighting installation at the luminale 2010

austrian lighting company zumtobel group introduces a new solution to facade lighting with their new LED product, ‘capix’. as spotted at the glas trösch venue at this year’s designers’ saturday in langenthal, switzerland, the light utilizes individual LED pixels to produce a variety of colours and patterns as well as complete videosequences and messages on facades.

the pixels are fixed onto an ordinary wire mesh, latticework or even directly onto the surface. this flexibility in arrangement allows for complete freedom of surface designs, allowing the resulting effect to be undefined by the product’s limitation. ‘capix’ is also highly flexible in terms of maintenance: the LED pixels boast a service life of 30,000 hours and can be replaced individually.

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zumtobel: capix ‘capix’ in use on a surface

zumtobel: capix detail image © designboom

zumtobel: capix variations in colours

zumtobel: capix detail of bulbs

about designers’ saturday: since its inception in 1987, the event in langenthal has provided a venue for professionals, designers, and interested consumers to share and explore the source of creative design. integrating all tiers and branches of creating such as entrepreneurs and manufacturers, designers’ saturday aims to be an informal rendezvous for the industry and enable dynamic exchange amongst all participants. the most innovative feature of the 3-day event is the incorporation of several active workplaces to act as venues for the participating exhibitors. the showing designs are put into context in a relevant environment while also providing visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the creating process.

about glas trösch: noted for its constant innovations and for the development of new products, glas trösch offers a wide range of glass for both indoor and outdoor settings to meet the needs of designers and design engineers. its special printing techniques open up new vistas in the design of glass, going beyond the conventional boundaries of the material.