Image:Twist lamp, designed by Tveit&Tornøe
In a country where the seasons vary dramatically, it comes as no surprise that young lamp manufacturer Northern Lighting was set up by, amongst others, a man from Northern Norway where some regions never see the sun rise above the horizon during the winter months.
Lighting was and is of a central concern to founder Over Rogne as it is to most Norwegians.
“We produce designer lamps and lights for different moods which are inspired by the unique Nordic nature, the culture and the very special natural light which surrounds us,” says Rogne. “All our products are made with the aim to create a good mood. Also common to all our products is the extensive use of materials that surround us such as wood, glass, fabric and even parchment paper.”
The design exhibition 100% Norway at 100% Design will this year welcome back the Sunday lamp, designed by Frost Produkt and last shown in the UK in 2008 as a prototype. Now in production, this wall-hanging bedside table and lamp features both a base for a light bulb and a candle holder, ideal for night time reading or more romantic moments.
Northern Lighting will also launch its brand new Twist lamp at this year’s exhibition. Designed by Bergen-based duo Tveit&Tornøe, the lamp, constructed of slim blocks of beech placed vertically on top of each other like Lego bricks, has a smart shade draped in fine white textile.
Another Northern Lighting product on display will be Hareide Designmill’s ‘Illusion’, which combines the functional elements of light and a table. “Hovering above the ground, the lamp challenges our perceptions of gravity and our idea of two common pieces of furniture, offering the elements of surprise and magic. Combined in one, the lamp and table become the focal point of any space, whilst providing a place for your cocktail or your keys,” the designers say.
The final lamp on show at this year’s 100% Norway in London is ‘Dokka’, a small pendant light designed in 1954 by one of Scandinavia’s leading post-war interior architects, Birger Dahl. He believed light objects should always reach complete harmony with its surrounding humans and architecture, and ‘Dokka’, is the manifestation of this ideal.
See 100% Norway at 100% design Stand G40