Today we are going to talk about a Swedish lighting company, Wästberg, that has a unique philosophy: bringing back light to human proximity. So, the company has presented lighting products with light effects from the past, conceived by recognized creatives from the architecture and product design fields.
Despite each product having a unique design and being conceived by different people, the lighting products have history as their common factor. they each have in some way incorporated a feature that is reminiscent of the past.
Wästberg collaborated with Norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken to create a powerful pendant and floor lamp that was displayed during the Stockholm furniture fair.
The lamp itself is composed of two contrasting elements; an industrial and highly specialized aluminum heat sink, cooling the central high power LED, and a more human, softer and recognizable bell, blown in etched glass.
The frosted glass distorts and softens objects depending on their distance to the light. Objects close will be displayed sharp and saturated, while objects further away become more and more diffuse, lighter and less exposed.
In turn, these traces become projected shadows, like images on a camera’s ground glass when the light source is turned on.
In addition, Wästberg collaborated with Ilse Crawford, David Chipperfield and Jasper Morrison to develop the “Holocene”. The common denominator which brings these three products together is their light sources not requiring electricity. The tribute to fire and man was the concept and in turn, “Holocene” features a candlestick and two oil lamps in brass.
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