The Art of Light with Robe and Gil Teichman

One of the most flamboyant figures on the Israeli lighting design and production scene, Gil Teichman, is also a regular investor in Robe Products. His innovative, creative, sometimes controversial, uncompromisingly ‘hands-on’ in every design job, combined with his larger than life character, carry his name throughout the industry.

His eponymously named company, “Gil Teichman“, purchased their first Robes some years ago, and in fact he’s known of Robe right since the start in the 1990s, when they were an OEM manufacturer. The first ever “Gil Teichman” purchases were of the ColorWash and ColorSpot 1200 series, around 9 years ago, followed by the 700E AT series, all delivered through Robe’s Israeli distributor, Danor Theatre & Studio Systems.

Robe Gil Teichman Orot Rabin Power Station

Well-connected at all levels of business including the government, as an ‘ideas man’ Gil relishes initiating and delivering new, original and the most challenging and inventive lighting projects. He has a way of getting all the right people on-board to realise pretty much any project, all adding to the myth surrounding the distinctive yellow company logo.

The company was founded in 1990. It now employs around 150 people and has a 2000 square metre warehouse in Pardes Hana, a 40 minute drive up Highway 2 north from Tel Aviv.

The offices and the creative hub – you can almost feel the energy buzz as you drive up – are at “Gil Teichman” HQ in the bustling Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliea.

A raft of project managers deal with the day-to-day business which services a wide variety of corporate, commercial and industrial clients, delivering lighting to around 1000 shows and events a year of different sizes, budgets, profiles and complexities.

There is also a division just concentrating on international work for high end corporate clients.

A great relationship with Danor has maintained “Gil Teichman” as one of the distributor’s largest customers for Robe, and the upgrade to the moving light stock started three years ago. This now includes some 24 x MMX Spots, 12 x LEDWash 1200s, 24 x LEDWash 600s, and was followed up in summer 2015 with the purchase of 18 x Pointes. Both Gil and “Gil Teichman” are among the biggest cross rental clients in the country, especially for BMFLs right now!

Robe Gil Teichman Orot Rabin Power Station Israel – a small country with a very proactive arts, cultural, performance and commercial event industry – is one of the markets where it is a huge benefit for the local distributor to also have a hire division of the latest technology to support its clients.

Robe represents 90% of “Gil Teichman“’s moving light stock, and most of their projects will involve Robe lights.

A lot of Gil’s personal design work is for government sponsored projects, city lighting schemes and public events like the 60th Independence Day celebrations. He’s known for ‘pushing the envelope’ of imagination and creativity, often testing all working alongside him … but producing stunning results!

Gil utilized over 200 Robe fixtures for the opening ceremony of the new Hall 2 at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Centre.

Other notable recent projects have included illuminating the 158 metre high Kirya Tower – the sixth tallest building in Israel – achieved using 24 x LEDWash 1200s spread out around the base, their powerful beams shooting up the postmodern glass, granite and aluminium clad tower, transforming it into a rich glowing red beacon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the assignation of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995.

Gil has a complete passion – close to obsession – for lighting and his work.

Lighting the 250 metre high chimneys of the imposing Orot Rabin Power Station in Hadera was another of his triumphs, ensuring the majestic chimneys were beautifully lit and textured with 9 x BMFL Spots positioned 400 ft away, for a music festival staged in the adjacent park.

“BMFLs were the only fixture bright enough to get the results I wanted,” he declares.

Gil has invested in Robe products for a number of different reasons including the quality, brightness and reliability “all of which adds up to the best value right now” he states, adding “Our Robe fixtures are the hardest working in Israel”.

Gil – also a master of ambient brand exposure – enthusiastically seizes opportunities to market and push the company name, logo and reputation forward. The “Gil Teichman” striking yellow branding and logo can frequently be spotted on TV and various internet video footage through the strategic parking of trucks!

If you asked the average person on the street in Israel if they knew anything about ‘entertainment lighting’ … there’s a good chance they would say “Gil Teichman”!


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