Lights and Illumination
Light. Culture. Technology.
The DGI lighting division exploits the latest lighting technologies to deliver meaningful solutions to enhance the relationship between people and their environment. New value is discovered for clients through a deep understanding of cutting-edge light culture and technology. Our on-site studio allows the lighting team to use a hands-on approach to prototype and test lighting equipment for clients. Clients are provided with consulting support, architectural lighting, lighting research and lighting product design.
Paving the Path
DGI guides clients through the values of utilizing lighting technology. The lighting division works side by side with clients to turn a concept into reality. From start to finish, clients are provided with consulting support for various lighting purposes.
3M Architectural Markets Division (AMD)
Shape and Validate New Solution Directions
The 3M Architectural Markets Division asked DGI to research and identify the competitive advantages offered by 3M technologies. A focus was placed on the new 3M surface films that offer intrinsic advantages when coupled with lighting technologies. DGI delivered solid results to convince top management and designers of the value of new business opportunities for 3M. The process of researching and testing led to a series of new concepts that were prototyped for market communication. The website designed by DGI included concept renderings, and created further global awareness around 3M’s lighting technologies.
Pathfinding New Value Spaces
The concept of this suspended light was created with an innovative use of space, thickness, and weight. The light features 3M optical light films with a 98% reflectivity, which helps maintain the light’s true colours and brightness. The 3M Air intrinsically offers the freedom to shape it into nearly any form imaginable, allowing owners to create modular systems based on 3M Light Mixing Air Guide technology. The concept prototype was presented at Milan Design Week 2011 and then manufactured by 3M and marketed in the US.
MEG Micro Experimental Growing
MEG allows precise control over the key factors for successfully growing plants, such as light-cycles, ventilation, temperature, irrigation and soil PH. One of MEG’s core features is the custom designed spectrum-tunable LED lighting engine. The state-of-the-art light engine was designed and engineered by DGI to create an effective indoor PAR (Photo-synthetically Active Radiation).
Flex Foil Technologies
Osram approached DGI with one question: “Why are customers still using conventional luminaires to communicate new exciting strategic technologies?” DGI accepted the challenge to rethink the status quo of how we use light in work and retail spaces. We explored flex foil technology in our lighting studio, aiming to identify the potential in new product designs. After a period of hands-on investigation on emerging design trends and new ways of harnessing the potential of Osram’s technology, six distinct concepts were visualised by using LED technologies. Working in close collaboration with Osram, the strategic strengths of each concept were evaluated in relation to key parameters expressing the voice of the customer with respect to both uniqueness and potential for adoption. One month before the 2014 Light + Building Trade Fair in Frankfurt, two concepts were selected to be presented at the event. Our team set out to prototype, contextualize and shape communications for the two selected concepts. The working prototypes were a great success as they intuitively showed the advantages of flex foil technologies and challenged the lighting industry. The result was design-driven solutions that created a compelling scenario for technical customers. Our flexible LED solutions positioned Osram to discuss future strategies, stimulated inroads for market adoption, and extended the credibility of their technologies in offering a sufficiently low-cost and value-driven range of solutions.
Lighting a Space
DGI design lighting is based on the individual needs of clients. Meaningful and interactive illuminations are created for all kinds of spaces, such as experience centres, temporary exhibitions, customer innovation centres, retail and workspaces.
3M Customer Innovation Center Italy
Detailed Architectural Lighting
For the 3M Customer Innovation Center in Italy, DGI designed detailed architectural lighting and controllable interactive lighting. The lighting design follows the interior design intent, with custom assemblies of lighting fixtures to shape each area. Two different white colour temperatures are used: a natural shade to provide general lighting and a much warmer shade to accentuate the architectural wall. Grazing accents and backlighting highlight the different 3M technologies. The whole system runs on DALI and DMX protocols that are monitored and managed using a remote application. Through the use of an iPad, the 3M host at the 3M Customer Innovation Center can easily modify the lighting for storytelling purposes.
Lighting Product Design
3M Mec Mobile Experience Center
The Mobile Experience Center (MEC) is a persuasive communication tool developed by Design Group Italia for the 3M Architectural Markets Division (AMD). The MEC is a portable kit with samples of 3M lighting technologies on various surfaces. Concluding a three-year research project, the MEC was designed for designers by designers to present an experience of how 3M materials interact with light. Given the difficulty of describing unique light effects, a conscious choice was made to illustrate them visually. Key customer insights from phase one of the collaboration led to a prototype for a lightweight portable sales kit.
The aim was to raise awareness of the breadth of 3M technologies, while maximizing impact, exposure and inspiration for a non-technical audience. By visualizing the effects of light, 3M AMD could empower their sales force and speak to designers, architects and innovators on an experiential level instead of a technical level. Based on this success, a new smaller version of the kit was also designed by Design Group Italia to support the global sales force with effective communication tools. These MEC sales units were designed and manufactured in quantity in just three months, enabling 3M to mobilize the sales force immediately. Design Group Italia leveraged the insights from the joint research project to quickly prototype the MEC.
Flexible Electric Vehicle Charging
When ABB was preparing to enter the EVCU market, DGI began with a research program to understand the potential needs of utility companies, local councils, businesses and users. This led to a modular system for public spaces that can be adapted to historic town centres or multi-storey car parks. The electric vehicle charger required intricate lighting. The charger needed to remain well lit and visible to drivers in various environments and times of day. The lighting also acts as a communication tool that is visible from a distance. When the charger is green, it signals that the car is fully charged and ready to go, while blue signals that the car is in the middle of charging, and red signals that the charger is out of use.
New Light Vision
MUIR-Lighting for the Elderly
In order to research and develop a lighting system for the needs of the elderly and visually impaired, DGI teamed up with lighting specialists D’Alesio & Santoro, the lighting company Light Contract and the University Politecnico di Milano. The collaboration combined the individual teams’ various strengths, including, for example, Politecnico’s scientific knowledge, D’Alesio & Santoro’s lighting expertise, the technical and marketing experience of Light Contract, and the insight management and design skills of DGI. Politecnico di Milano provided everyone involved with a clear understanding of the direct and measurable connections between light and peoples’ psychological and physical wellbeing. They also defined the guidelines of lighting design for elders, who have specific needs and are more vulnerable to poor lighting, due to the decrease in their visual and cognitive functions. As part of our initial research, we spoke to stakeholders and visited many care facilities and private homes of the elderly. We found that the lighting in private homes as well as in nursing and assisted living homes is usually not suitable for the visual needs of the elderly. In order to combat this neglected problem, we developed lighting fixtures especially suited for the elderly and visually impaired. Watch the video below to find out more.
An industrial research project in strategic sectors in Regione Lombardia and the Ministero Dell’istruzione, Dell’ Universita’ e della ricerca di cui al decreto N.7128 on the 29th July 2011.