Northern Star: Lighting picks from northmodern 2015



A showcase of the best Scandinavian design alongside some of the most exciting international design talent, northmodern explores new and innovative design unlike any other design trade show. This year, alongside some exclusive product launches, northmodern hosted classical designer icon pieces of Scandinavian and Nordic design heritage. Here we look at our top pick of lighting products presenting both new and reinvented projects.


1. Apollo W by International

Apollo W lamp International studio northmodern spaceist blogpost

East London base designed studio International presented the additional variations to the Apollo range. Designed by Marc Bell and Robin Grasby, the Apollo lighting range offers a variation of dispersed lighting by combining selected layers of shades. The significant form of the shades acts as a special feature allowing the user to configure how much light they require. Add solid features and you have a dimmed, more focused dispersion of light. The stunning white aluminium range is both smart and holds on to the original form and characteristics of the first range.

2. Golden Bell by Artek

Artek Golden bell Alto northmodern spaceist blogpost

Designed in 1937 by Aino and Alvar Alto, the Golden Bell or the A330S Pendent Lamp was first created for use in the Savoy Restaurant in Helsinki. Its essential design surrounds the single piece of brass the lamp is made from. Later additions come in chrome, white or black painted steel. The elegant drop ball like style shape means it gives off a diffused light. Like many of Alto’s lamps and lighting pieces, the Golden Bell was created to serve a very particular style of interior.

3. STACKED SERIES by Maayan Pesach and Sander Wassink

Stacked series SanderWassin MaayanPesach northmodern spaceist blogpost

Making a return to northmodern, Sander Wassink and Maayan Peach presented the highly popular Satcked Series of lamps. The speciality of the design is that each one is uniquely produced from recycled materials. By using reclaimed glass, they are able to create an infinite number of lamp shapes and forms, many times only a one-off. Due to the fact that they create each one individually from reclaimed glass, the main colour of the shades is green. Another interesting feature is that the lamps are not fixed and each stacked lamp can be altered by the user to create alternative shapes.

4. Shadows by Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova

10 SHADOWS by Dan Yeffet Lucie Koldova spaceist blog post northmodern

Exploring glass in another form is Parisian design duo Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova with the simple Shadows collection. The lamp consists of a wooden neck and three different variations of glass shades. Inspired by the spot-lights found in artist studios, the lamps offer a diffused effect and represent a highly timeless French style of design. Two black wooden necks and one natural wooden oak wood neck come with either grey glass, opaque black glass or opal glass.

5. Duane by Søren Rose

Duane Pendant Black SrenRose northmodern spaceist blogpost

Another lamp that is insider by a city is the Duane lamp, part of the Tribeca series of maps; a range of lamps, pendants and chandeliers, inspired by New York City in the 1930s. The Duane lamp in particular presents a highly distinct retro design, with a one sided glare. The round shade is made form solid brass with a black coated outer and original brass inner. A simple and charismatic feature, these dual colours heighten the chic appeal of the lamp for use in multiple interior spaces.

6. 25 lamp by Kovac Family

25 lamp kovak family sweden northmodern spaceist blogpost

One of the most popular lamp series’ launched this year, the 25 lamp by Kovac Family, who work in the fields of Biomimicry to present new ways of producing and preserving our natural environment. Made locally in Sweden, the LED lamp is made from only sustainable materials and is formed to be packed easily. Presented in a flat form, the user opens up the 25 pieces of wood that are wrapped in a tulip like form. The distinct feature was so that the lamp can be easily shipped reducing CO2 emissions. This smart lamp is both highly attractive and aligns with sustainable practices.