Lumen: 24 pcs electrical installation set for ABB

Product design, Creative direction, Photography

Challenge

When we applied to an open competition for a new range of electrical installation system for ABB, the main challenges were:
– to bring a fresh air to a highly technical field
– stick with the existing ABB system which determined a limited space for innovations
– mould-injected thermoplastic as a core material
– keep the production cost as low as possible

+ Made with Tereza Matyaskova (designer), Sudetype (type foundry), working prototypes developed with ABB

Solution

Being Interior designers ourselves, we knew we wanted to bring a refined, minimal round shape which we missed on the market at the time. We came with a completely new system of the switch cover assembling which gave us much wider space for a new definition of highly utilitarian and functional items of light switches and sockets. When we won the competition, we started cooperating with ABB on bringing the set to an industrial production. We completed the design of a full set of home electrical installation system (24 pcs in total) and created a visual language of the series – logotype and a set of icons were made by a type foundry Sudetype. Industrial moulds were created and color testing took place at the ABB premises. Lumen is now in a phase of working prototypes, however, it did not come to production.

Awards

• ABB 20design11: Winning Design (Student category winner + total winner)
• National Student Design Award 2011: Good Design Award

Lumen: electrical installation set; switch and double switch
Lumen: electrical installation set; single socket
Lumen: electrical installation set; double socket
Lumen: electrical installation set; logotype
Lumen: electrical installation set; icons
Lumen: electrical installation set; switches
Lumen: electrical installation set; set
Lumen: electrical installation set; double socket installed on a wall
Lumen: electrical installation set; color prototyping
Lumen: electrical installation set; working prototype, color testing
Lumen: electrical installation set; drawings, 3d model, scheme