For over two years, Wästberg has been quietly working to build a foundation for future success. Stockholm Design Week, 5–10 September, marks the beginning of a new chapter in the lighting company’s history. Following far-ranging development of its production and logistical infrastructure and the establishment of sales offices in over twenty new markets, this autumn Wästberg is introducing eleven lighting collections in Stockholm, Paris and Frankfurt – including both brand new creations and reimagined classics, in cooperation with David Chipperfield, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Ilse Crawford, Nendo, John Pawson, Ingegerd Råman, Inga Sempé and Dirk Winkel.
“Since our founding in 2008, we have had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s leading architects and designers, but it has been a long time since I’ve felt so much energy in the company” says founder and CEO Magnus Wästberg. “It is paradoxical, perhaps, that the first new addition to our range in the new era will be a relatively restrained creation.”
In honour of the launch of the new w221 Medium pendant, Wästberg in cooperation with Claesson Koivisto Rune invites you to a pop-up exhibition at Linnégatan 4 during Stockholm Design Week (see below for hours of opening).
The w221 Medium pendant was developed specifically for settings in which its predecessors, the w151 Extra large pendant and w201 Extra small pendant, seemed either too large or too small in terms of design and lighting range. Whether the new model is hovering over a dining room table or a conference room table, it offers the same balanced geometry, lightness and precision as its predecessors. The w221 Medium pendant may be slightly less striking than its predecessors, but it’s far from ordinary. Its natural, self-assured design provides a distinctive aesthetic, both in the office and at home.
The austerely clean lines of the w221 Medium pendant are mirrored by its light. A high-quality SMD LED solution is employed to create an even spread of dimmable, warm white light without being overpowering. Together, this family of three turned-aluminium lamps enables a wide variety of creative arrangements, formal or playful, symmetrical or dynamic, but always with integrity and style.
Claesson Koivisto Rune has worked closely with Wästberg since the company’s founding. Among their joint development collaborations, one that particularly stands out is the w151 Extra large pendant series, and its follow-up, the w201 Extra small pendant series, notable not only for their geometric purity but their scale – their very size. Today the family gains a new member, the w221 Medium pendant.
“The paradigm shift in lighting brought about by LED technology has opened up new possibilities to design lighting fixtures in dialogue with the room, without being limited by clumsy older technology” says Mårten Claesson of Claesson Koivisto Rune.
The pop-up exhibition at Linnégatan 4 during Stockholm Design Week opens on 5 September and is open Monday to Friday, 10–17, and Saturday, 10 September, 11–16.
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The Swedish lighting company Wästberg was founded in 2008 by Magnus Wästberg with the goal of improving people’s well-being through good light. Wästberg quickly established productive, long-term collaborations with leading architects and designers, including David Chipperfield, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Ilse Crawford, John Pawson, Inga Sempé and Dirk Winkel. Wästberg lamps are found in offices, homes, hotels and museum collections around the world. With over 50 prestige design awards received to date, the company has established a well-respected international reputation.