History

2018

PARROT and SALT & PEPPER define a new generation of Tobias Grau luminaires, transforming light from standing source to a fluid, interactive entity. The portable lamps provide up to 100 hours of battery life.

2018

Timon and Melchior Grau launch their first design for the company, the portable lamp PARROT.

2018

Tailored to the contemporary workplace, the latest editions to our XT-A series are adaptive to height-adjustable desks, partition walls, and bench workstations.

2018

A fresh presentation format at light + building at Frankfurt showcases the latest generation of Tobias Grau lamps, including LIPSTICK and PARROT.

2018

Tobias Grau introduces a new brand logo and identity.

2017

Tobias Grau’s XT-S office collection pairs the latest LED and glare reduction technology with an outstandingly sleek, seamless design to revolutionize the aesthetic, efficiency, and quality of workplace illumination.

2015

PALLA, GLOBE, and NICEONE join a new collection of suspension luminaires. Our CHOICE configurator enables individual design of luminaires, including materials, colours, and bespoke combinations.

2015

Tobias Grau now operates seven owned stores across Germany in: Frankfurt, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, and Berlin.

2013

Our LED Office Collection XT-A debuts with Tobias Grau’s patented OSA (open structure antiglare) technology, delivering optimal light quality and advanced efficiency.

2011

FALLING LEAF becomes a classic pendant luminaire, inspired by the cadence of autumn. Pioneering desk lamp JOHN showcases Tobias Grau’s engineering with an outstanding fluidity of motion and precision LED lighting.

2008

FALLING and FALLING IN LOVE champion the new formal possibilities of the LED and mark a further step towards radical, modern minimalism.

2005

Tobias Grau introduces a collection of glass and bone china porcelain lamps: ANNA, EMMA, SEA, LESS, and MORE. The semi-translucent material becomes a mainstay of the collection, with the soft shimmer effect adding a beguiling lustre to minimalist forms.

2002

GO XT is Tobias Grau’s first Office Collection. It uses slimline light bulbs to achieve a lightweight, elegant design.

2001

As the company grows, the HQ are extended to encompass more warehouse and office space and allow for seamless communication throughout our design and distribution processes.

2000

Tobias Grau opens its first owned stores in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, and Berlin.

2000

BILL and SOON introduce new levels of innovation to the Tobias Grau collection. While BILL upgrades the traditional desk lamp with new levels of flexibility and mobility, SOON reimagines the aesthetic altogether, with an organic, spine-like form in translucent polycarbonate.

1998

With 35 employees, Tobias Grau moves into its new headquarters in Rellingen, outside of Hamburg. The building is designed by Bothe Richter Teherani, with interior design by Tobias Grau. The innovative glass and aluminum cylindrical-shaped structure is a trailblazing example of sustainable architecture, with over 200 m² of integrated solar paneling in its glass gabling.

1996

Tobias Grau launches the GEORGE line, a landmark addition to the collection. With its striking shapes and textural contrasts, GEORGE puts form centre stage. The high-gloss lamp head glows a rich, atmospheric red when illuminated.

1995

The glass-based collection of EVERY, BODY'S, DARLING revives classical glass blowing techniques to create subtle shades and beautiful, curved shapes.

1993

Tobias Grau revolutionizes light flexibility and planning with the launch of Name System. Several lights can now be integrated in one system, with new biphasic flow technology for individual lamp dimming.

1992

Tobias Grau’s international reputation grows with presentations in Salone del Mobile in Milan and at the IMM in Cologne.

1992

Franziska Grau joins the company and runs it together with her husband.

1991

Inspired by fashion concessions, Tobias Grau introduces its first shop-in-store concept, an innovative move in the design world at that time.

1991

The first Tobias Grau lighting collection — Tai, Twist, Oh, Kallisto, and IO — combines sculptural and delicate forms with classical materials and a pioneering use of halogen technology. The collection brings the company much acclaim and establishes key hallmarks of Tobias Grau design: dynamic shapes, smooth surfaces, and cutting-edge technology.

1989

Tobias Grau moves to bigger offices in Hamburg’s Altona district.

1987

The system LUJA is the first official Tobias Grau lamp.

1986

Tobias Grau starts out as an independent designer in a loft in Hamburg, focused on interior architectonic work. These projects lead to his first lighting designs.