Stockholm Furniture Fair, Stand C 05:21
Stockholm, February 4 - 8, 2009
Lamps for Offices, Hotels and Caves. (Not to mention Tunnels.)
Man felt comfortable and safe around light sources he could control.
Man felt comfortable and safe for 300,000 years.
Man began to over-illuminate rooms and halls.
General lighting was calibrated for the areas that needed the most light.
Far too many areas received far too much light.
Man felt dazzled and irradiated.
Man no longer felt comfortable or safe.
One of the people affected (a Swede) started reasoning to himself.
What would happen if you softened general lighting, and used direct lighting where needed instead?
A more functional, more economic, more energy efficient, more flexible and more aesthetic lighting solution would ensue.
But entirely new demands were made of the new direct lighting.
Man started to experiment.
Man got scent.
Wästberg got the help of some of the world‘s foremost designers in order to realise his vision. The lamps drew attention wherever the were shown.
The future looked bright.
Dark times appeared.
The world turned upside down.
Wästberg expanded his range based on new economic and environmental requirements.
Man regained the scent once more.
Even in his wildest imagination, Wästberg couldn‘t see himself as a light at the end of the tunnel.
The four new lamps are designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, Carlo Colombo, Ilse Crawford and Michael Young.
Claesson Koivisto Rune w091t - LED table lamp
Two feet. Two lungs. Two brain-halves. Two eyes… Supported and held together with a spine. The idea of a pair is fundamental to the human body, as in other parts of nature. Central, single elements for poise, twin elements on either side for balance. There is our lamp. Organic design. / Claesson Koivisto Rune
Colombo w092t - LED table lamp
The way to package/present the non-material light has always been a challenge. This lamp leaves the typical form of a task lamp with its often complicated mechanism and adjustibilities trying to capture the light in a softer way, like a leaf directing the light on the working place. The technique is hidden behind soft floating forms allowing the user an intuitive approach while keeping the form pure/clean. / Carlo Colombo
Studioilse w093w - Halogen IRC wall lamp
Humans have different needs for light. From a intimate - personal light, to a light to share. Starting from the desk light, we developed a wall light which is about the communal aspect of lighting and joins us around the table. It is a grown up friend of the desk light, as they share the same innate awkwardness but with an own personality./ Ilse Crawford
Young w094t - LED table lamp
Working with Wästberg has given me the unique opportunity to take a fresh approach to the design of desk light typologies. Inspired by new factories I have discovered over the last years in Asia. I found a number of technologies that I believe have enabled me to create some freshness and unique functions. The arm of this design is simple, extruded and then stamped a process unique from the bicycle industry that offers fresh context to the design market. The star shape stem pivots its way through 6 positions around a 360-degree axis. It is certainly an engineered product inspired by my passions with industrial process and production innovation. / Michael Young.