The Tobias Grau Story
For more than 25 years, Tobias Grau has specialized in the design and production of eye-catching, easy-to-use contemporary lighting. The company takes its name and hometown from that of its founder, Tobias Grau. As a freelance interior designer in the 1980s, Grau also created lighting and furniture specific to each project. From these custom pieces a complete line of lighting emerged, and was launched under the Tobias Grau name in 1987. Today, based in the outskirts of Hamburg, Germany, Tobias Grau continues to win fans (and awards) with its line of luxury modern lighting.
Why We Love Tobias Grau
While definitely contemporary, Tobias Grau lighting manages to appeal to a variety of design tastes with pieces that range from slim chromed suspensions and adjustable task lamps to glass drum pendants and table lamps with warm porcelain shades and wooden tripod bases. With all of these fixtures, the precise, high-quality reputation of German engineering holds true; they are characterized by the ideal "symbiosis of design, materials and technology."
These days, more and more Tobias Grau fixtures owe their sleek looks to the desire to accommodate the latest LED technology, making them as energy efficient as they are beautiful.
A Fun Fact About Tobias Grau
Architecture and design website Architonic recently compiled their list of the top 100 designers (based on the number of searches by surname). Tobias Grau ranked 15th, in good company just behind Jasper Morrison and Piero Lissoni.
Noteworthy Lighting From Tobias Grau
The Falling collection is based on the smooth form and sparkle of a falling drop of rain. As such, the initial design is the Falling Water pendant, with a long tapered stem that culminates in a rounded tip finished off with a light-diffusing lens. The collection has since been expanded into the perfectly spherical line of Falling Star pendants, wall lights, table and floor lamps, the petite Falling in Love table lamp and the trumpet-shaped Falling Leaf pendant. All of these modern lighting fixtures use that most modern of lighting technologies: warm white LEDs.