After almost 15 years of successful management, Andreas Richner hands over the Corporate Governance to Dominik Hausherr as the new CEO and Melania Gehrig as Deputy CEO and Head of Marketing & Sales. Both have been with the company for years, have grown to become important pillars in the organization and have proven their exceptional performance on several occasions. Andreas Richner will remain with the company and will in future concentrate fully on the development of new products and services.
With the launch of the new SPARK ceiling luminaire with integrated control gear, the SPARK collection is supplemented with a surface-mounted variant. The luminaire can be mounted easily, without any required cavity. With IP54 it is ideally suited for wet zones and protected outdoor areas.
The multifunctional lighting system MILUM has been provided with a higher profile, which by means of through-wiring allows a more flexible planning of the different modules across the collection. In addition, there is a new single luminaire omnidirectional. With brilliant and diffuse modules, the MILUM lighting system is an effective tool for user-specific and effective lighting concepts.
As part of the further specialization in lighting systems with precise lighting effects, high-quality lighting technology and detailed design, the brand identity was revised. The claim «essence of light» underlines RIBAG's competence in experiencing light in its versatility.
The new website with its comprehensive luminaire configurator allows easy compilation and visualization of luminaires and accessories, data sheets and watch lists. In addition, comprehensive product pages and stories are available for inspiration. The new brand presence is rounded off with a comprehensive general catalog that provides information and inspiration for planners, architects and end customers alike.
Launch of the first rotatable and swivelling RAYM downlight collection, which combines aesthetics with functionality and excellent lighting effects. Due to the intelligent luminaire construction, the module remains invisible even when swivelled and was awarded the Red Dot Award 2021 for this, among other things.
With the launch of VIOR acoustic, RIBAG has achieved another milestone. Light and acoustics combined in one solution open up new possibilities for room design. It increases the room quality and at the same time reduces the planning effort.
VIOR AC and VIOR with external control gear additionally appear in the colors rose gold and sand gold.
With the launch of MILUM, RIBAG has achieved another highlight: the miniaturised and compactly designed lighting system impresses with precise light control, technology at the highest level and meticulous workmanship. This was also honoured by the expert jury of the Red Dot Award and awarded MILUM the coveted label.
The miniaturised SPARK downlight family convinced the international jury and won the iF DESIGN AWARD.
VIOR has expanded its product range with the addition of the bright VIOR bold, which is ideally suited for use in spacious meeting or transit areas and provides high visual comfort for an optimal working atmosphere in offices and educational rooms.
The further development of ARVA with lens optics results in the new KIVO collection with individual diaphragm materializations. SPARK represents another milestone. The miniaturised recessed luminaire combined with the high-precision Bartenbach reflector technology offers superlative lighting technology.
Launch of the universal lighting solution VIOR and the customisable ARVA Draft & Craft Collection (RIBAG Design Studio) with wood and leather shades for optimal coordination with individual interior design, launch of AROA standard lamp (RIBAG Design Studio), new colour variations for AROA mounted and pendant lamps (RIBAG Design Studio) as well as a perforated metal diffuser for flexible light regulation (RIBAG Design Studio).
AROA wins the iF Design Award.
Launch of AROA (RIBAG Design Studio), METRON Office (RIBAG Design Studio), MESH special edition bronze/black (RIBAG Design Studio).
New motto «cultivated», launch of in-house magazine «cultivated», website relaunch, and launch of online shop for trade partners. Implementation of social media activities.
MESH wins the Red Dot Design Award.
Launch of VERTICO (elegant accent lights with variable beam angles and adjustable lighting colour, design: RIBAG Design Studio), MESH (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland).
Market launch of RibagAir Smart Lighting (comfortable and wireless lighting control).
Red Dot Award 2017 for MESH. Iconic Award for VERTICO.
Launch of SPINAled chrome (design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland and Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland), METRON downlight (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland), ARVA (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland).
ARVA wins the Innovation Award.
Launch of OVISO®, the world's first complete collection with OLED technology (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland), awarded the «Interior Innovation Award 2015», «iF Design Award Gold 2015» and «Red Dot Award Winner 2015».
RIBAG pioneered the new OVISO® collection. After many years of development, a complete collection with OLED technology was launched for the first time. Available as pendant, surface-mounted, wall-mounted or table luminaire, with optional built-in sensor technology for non-contact dimming. The OVISO® collection, with its only 7 mm thin bodies, combines the highest lighting quality with exclusive design standards. The homogeneous, absolutely glare-free light made it possible to realise completely new lighting concepts.
OLED is a surface light source and consists of thin, organic layers. This creates glare-free light without generating heat. Free of environmentally harmful substances, practically all the energy is converted into light, making OLED a sustainable lighting technology. The light spectrum comes closest to that of sunlight and contains neither IR nor UV radiation. The high Color Rendering Index of 95 ensures a pleasant room atmosphere.
With the launch of the OVISO® collection, RIBAG took a pioneering step into the future and defined the light of tomorrow.
Launch of METRON (versatile LED lighting system with flexible, combinable lighting elements, design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland), SPYKE (LED spotlight system with different reflectors, reflectors at 15º, 25º, 40º, design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland), LUNIK (LED downlight, design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland).
PUNTO wins the Red Dot Design Award, SPINAled wins Special Mention 2014 for particular design quality in the Working Spaces category of the German Design Award.
Launch of SPINAled (design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland, and Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland), PUNTO (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland), CUBO (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland).
Establishment of RIBAG Holding AG.
Conception and implementation of an iPad app.
Launch of TWIST LED spotlight series (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland)
15-year anniversary, launch of SPINAstrip (design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland, and Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland): A fluorescent lamp was supplied with light right to the very end for the first time in history. SQUARE LED flatlights (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland), LECO hybrid pendant lamp (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland)
Launch of FLISC (pendant lamp, design: Thomas Steuri). First use of LED lighting technology.
New generation: Andreas Richner acquires the majority of shares from his father and becomes CEO of RIBAG Licht AG. Construction of new company location Safenwil. Architect: Frei Architekten AG, Aarau, Switzerland. As with the company’s lamps, the new building also focused on paring down to the essentials. Exposed concrete, glass, and aluminium were used as materials.
Launch of KALA (lighting design both indoors and outdoors, design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland). E A S Y control allowed for comfortable control of individual lights and lamp groups.
Launch of TIRA (shadow-free strip lighting and focused spotlights, design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland).
Establishment of RIBAG Immobilien AG.
Launch of SPINAquick (tool-free shade and reflector installation, design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland), SCIP (design: Daniel Kübler, Zurich, Switzerland) and OPDISC (standard lighting collection, design: Hannes Wettstein)
Launch of SPINAclear mounted lamps (design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland)
Launch of BIGSPIRO (recessed spotlight, design: Roland Eberle, Zurich, Switzerland) and UNIQ (standard, pendant, wall, mounted, or recessed lamp, design: Atelier Oï, La Neuveville, Switzerland).
Establishment of Ribag Licht GmbH, Freiburg (DE)
Launch of lighting collection BLOX (floodlights that can be rotated and swivelled, design: Jürgen Medebach, Kandern, Germany) and MAGNETIC (light columns with colour or white light and remote, design: Atelier Oï, La Neuveville, Switzerland)
Launch of SPIRO collection (spotlight system, design: Roland Eberle, Zurich, Switzerland) and CAPO (as a standard lamp, reading lamp, or table lamp, design: Marco Carenini, Kilchberg, Switzerland)
Launch of collection SPINA (design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland) and MELO (design: Marco Carenini, Kilchberg, Switzerland, specially designed for the energy-saving lamp). Announcement of RELUX lighting calculation programme.
Awards: Design Innovationen 2000 (Design Innovations 2000), Red Dot Award for the SPINA lighting programme, Deutscher Preis für Kommunikationsdesign 2000 (German Award for Communication Design 2000), Ehrenauszeichnung für hohe Designqualität (Award of honour for high design quality)
Launch of the CAMBIO collection with blown opal glass sphere. Design: Ulrich Beckert, Georg Soanca-Pollak, Peter Thammer. Award: Goldener Stecker (Golden Plug)
Launch of the QUARTO collection based on the bright TC-TEL energy-saving lamp (design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland)
Launch of the VARIO collection (design: Jürgen Medebach, Kandern, Germany)
Launch of the first RIBAG TRAPEZ lamps (design: Erwin Egli, Basel, Switzerland)
On 7 December 1994, Heinrich Richner founded the RIBAG Licht AG company with the vision of a «luminous line.» TRAPEZ, the world’s first fluorescent lamp lighting range, was developed for modern living and sophisticated object areas based on the energy-saving T-8 fluorescent lamp.