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Media information  NIMBUS GROUP

18. November 2019

Shopping and working in style
Spectacle manufacturer Andy Wolf has a new headquarters. The architects used Nimbus luminaires in the new building. Like the architecture itself, they are now part of the company's corporate identity.


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The aim was to create a homogeneous and pared-back appearance for the offices and showroom in the new headquarters of the Andy Wolf spectacle company. Various project luminaires from Nimbus, including the Modul Q 36 design classic, have been perfectly integrated into the high-quality design concept. They showcase the colours of the spectacles and create ideal conditions for their production.

The hand-made frames for Andy Wolf spectacles, an independent brand from Austria, are durable and sustainable. In 2018 the headquarters in Hartberg received a 1000 m2 new-build with a Corten steel facade and showroom. Christoph Kaspar, the architect in charge at Kasp.architektur (Voitsberg) explained: "The idea was that the company's new site should fit in with the brand's design philosophy and become a major element in the marketing concept without neglecting the functional requirements of the spectacle production site." Clear-cut shapes, natural materials and a reserved colour scheme dominate the design. The company wanted to integrate a lighting system into the headquarters' new premises whose design fitted in with the Andy Wolf concept while illuminating workplaces and showroom in a daylight-like quality. The aim was to showcase the colours of the spectacles and create ideal conditions for their production.

USING THE LUMINAIRES AS DESIGN ELEMENTS
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In collaboration with lighting designer Daniel Jokesch from Ökoplan Energiedienstleistungen (Hartberg), architect Christoph Kaspar opted for square and linear Nimbus luminaires, some of which are integrated in the ceiling. Nimbus Modul L 196, Q 36 TT and Q 36 luminaires were used in the offices, corridors and showroom, with the showroom and conference rooms also being lit by Modul Q Project 900 and Q Project 600; the latter was also used in the suspended version. The Nimbus Q range, with its sheet of frosted acrylic glass, creates an atmosphere of well-being, even with a light colour temperature of 3000 kelvins as used in this project," explains Jokesch, who goes on to say: "The luminaires remain discreetly in the background yet still manage to impress with their design and quality." 

Irrespective of their function, the experts consciously used the luminaires as design elements. "We set great store by the suitability of the individual products for deployment in different areas in order to create a uniform visual impression," explains Jokesch. The client, Andy Wolf, was also involved in the decision-making process and can strongly identify with Nimbus's corporate philosophy: "The high quality and finishing of the individual products also plays a key role in production at Andy Wolf. Christoph Kaspar, the architect, expressed his satisfaction with the overall result: "The architecture corresponds to the spectacle manufacturer's functional requirements, represents a self-confident enterprise and has become an element in the firm's corporate identity – a state of affairs embodied by the building's users on a daily basis."

About Häfele and Nimbus
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Nimbus has belonged to the Häfele Group since 2019. Located in Nagold, the internationally operating specialist for furniture fittings and lighting is indispensable for furniture production and the carpentry trade, while the Stuttgart-based Nimbus Group is held in high regard in the architecture sector. Two target groups, two different worlds. And yet they have come together and boast a broad joint portfolio of lighting systems for rooms and furniture as well as integrated lighting and acoustics solutions. Product development in the fields of light and acoustics is centred in Stuttgart.

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