September 6, 2016

Philips New Vintage & Philips Smart Volume Luminaires

Whether your style is retro chic or futuristic glam, Philips Lighting unveils two new luminaire ranges, designed to make a striking statement in your home.

 

Great design, technological expertize and energy efficiency lie at the heart of the Philips Lighting brand. Its heritage is founded on pushing the boundaries to deliver unique lighting products. They inspire and excite consumers, while satisfying their practical needs for the right light, for the right space, in their home. The launch of its latest luminaires bring these historical brand values to life, with a combination of striking designs, alongside high-quality Philips LED light.

 

Getting to know Louis Kalff: the original Philips Lighting innovator

Louis Kalff was an architect, designer and art director who was renowned for his work with Philips. He worked at the company for over 30 years and played a major role in shaping its heritage.

 

Born in Amsterdam in 1897, Kalff joined Philips at the age of 27. He had written a letter to the company’s founder Anton Philips providing constructive criticism on the company’s advertising posters, urging for the posters to be more modern and for the company to harmonize its advertising. This frank feedback quickly earned him a position at the company, managing the advertising and publicity department. 

 

Kalff was revolutionary in the way he approached advertising. He understood that harmonizing publicity material would build greater brand awareness and consequently masterminded Philips’ wordmark (company name logo) which is still used by the company today.

 

Despite his success in advertising, Kalff’s creative streak and background in architectural design, soon drew his attention towards product design. His creative credentials made him ideally suited to start a department for the design of lighting which he did in 1929. Kalff designed many iconic luminaires during his time at Philips. These iconic luminaires have become collectible thanks to their fluid and minimal design which sparked a new era in lighting. Kalff was passionate about lighting and its ability to create mood and change the look and feel of a space.

 

Kalff died in 1976 but his legacy lives on at Philips Lighting, and his creative vision continues to provide inspiration for new products. Within the newly launched Philips New Vintage range, a modernized version of his iconic table lamp - the Philips Beauvais, has been developed, using his design vision, with Philips LED light now integrated.

 

Modern retro

The Philips New Vintage range from Philips Lighting combines modern technology with iconic design. Drawing on the growing consumer trend for nostalgia, the products in this range have taken inspiration from retro, industrialized-style. From catwalks, to restaurant menus, to home deco stores, the retro trend has exploded and shows no sign of slowing1. The ‘Surrey’ luminaire in the Philips New Vintage range, is accentuated by its metallic finish in black and copper. This adds further to its ‘shabby chic’ styling which is popular within modern day homes.

 

Premium flat-pack with a striking finish with the Philips Smart Volume pendants

Originally associated with cheap, low-quality goods, flat pack is now taking a new direction. Propelled by the consumer desire for ease of assembly, as well as the environmental benefits of reduced packaging, flat-pack is now a premium proposition2. The new Philips Smart Volume pendants use sculpted high-quality material which can be fitted together at home within just a few minutes. The Philips Smart Volume pendants incorporate geometric shapes, reminiscent of 1950’s Italian design. The result is striking pendants which combine light and shadow to create art around the room when illuminated.

 

Full product overview

 

Description/style

Price

Integrated or retrofit?

Recommended bulb variant

Philips New Vintage full range 

Surrey pendant – painted - black

€85

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Surrey pendant – painted and brushed - copper

€85

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Surrey pendant - plated and brushed - copper

€85

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Surrey pendant - plated and shiny outside - copper

€89

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Durham pendant – painted - black

€59

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Hastings pendant – glass

€119

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Westbury pendant – glass

€99

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Manor pendant - glass

€99

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Herald pendant – glass

€59

Retrofit

Philips LED Classic (filament) or Philips Clear LED

Philips Beauvais table lamp

€149

Integrated, 3-step dimming

1x LED - 600 LM - 2700 Kelvin

Philips Smart Volume pendants

Ecru

€59

Retrofit

Philips Opal LED bulb

Chiffon 60cm

€119

Retrofit

Philips Opal LED bulb

Chiffon 80cm

€179

Retrofit

Philips Opal LED bulb

Ring

€119

Retrofit

Philips LED globe

Mohair

€119

Retrofit

Philips LED globe

Corkwood

€149

Retrofit

Philips Opal LED bulb

Sandalwood 60cm

€119

Retrofit

Philips LED globe

Sandalwood 80cm

€149

Retrofit

Philips LED globe

Pine – table lamp

€29

Retrofit

Philips LED bulb

 

1.       Daily Telegraph - ‘Women's fashion trends 2016: retro style earns its stripes’, Jan 2016 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/predictions/style/12051962/fashion-trends-in-2016.html

2.       Stylus – ‘New Flat Pack: Furniture for Flexible Living’, June 2016 - Rachael Sleight 

 

Note: Further information on Philips celebrating 90 years of design in 2015 can be found here: http://applications.nam.lighting.philips.com/blog/index.php/2015/11/10/philips-celebrates-90-years-of-design-in-2015/

For further information, please contact:

Philips Lighting

Daniel Bausor, Global Integrated Communications

Tel: +44 (0) 7701 094980

Email: daniel.bausor@philips.com

About Philips Lighting

Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting products, systems and services, delivers innovations that unlock business value, deliver rich user experiences and help improve lives.  Serving professional and consumer markets, we lead the industry in connected lighting systems and services, leveraging the Internet of Things to transform homes, buildings and urban spaces.  With 2015 sales of EUR 7.5 billion, we have approximately 36,000 employees in over 70 countries. News from Philips Lighting is located at http://www.newsroom.lighting.philips.com