Copper: Sven Ivar Dysthe's Butterfly from Northern Lighting

Northern Lighting Butterfly wall light  copper In 1964, Sven Ivar Dysthe designed a wall light called Butterfly. Arguably the leading figure in contemporary Norwegian design, he is respected for "...his ability to find simple solutions to complex challenges with decisive elegance". (A bit like me, really.)  Butterfly is an excellent example of this:

Sven Ivar Dysthe Butterfly wall light

It was originally made by Høvik Lys, and later by Arnold Vik, Norway. Northern Lighting relaunched the design in 2008.

They have now produced a version in copper which is heat treated, so each one will have a unique surface colour and material structure. Added to which, oxidization will further change their appearance, making each one more more individual -- almost a living thing:

Northern Lighting Butterfly wall light copper close up

Northern Lighting describe Butterfly well:

Its uniqueness lies in the combination of its simplicity of form and well-preserved indirect manner of emanating light, creating a bright, yet warm atmosphere...

especially in copper!

It is W20cm H21cm D10cm, so it small.

Northern Lighting Butterfly applique

Sven I Dysthe wrote:

“Butterfly”, a shining philosophy around white wings Woven into a connecting body,

a brightness that melts into the eye

glittering without glitter Flying without flight Living without life Just as plain and simple as that

Simple simplicity.

Like real butterflies, one is good, but more are better:

Northern Lighting Butterfly wall lights office


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Verner Panton revisited

Moon by Verner PantonOur remit is not only to introduce new lights, but also to remind us all of the great designs that have been around for a while -- such as Verner Panton's Moon, above, from Verpan. We think we know all about them, but there can be changes -- new specs, new materials, new colours, new sizes -- that can have passed us by. A case in point is shown below -- at first glance, a Panto from 1977, but in fact the version of VP-Globe introduced in 2009 that (except for the outer sphere) is all in frosted glass, giving a very different effect.

VP Globe glass by Verner Panton

Verner Panton capiz shells In Europe, Fun Mother of Pearl (11DM) has the cool 1960s feel that is associated with Verner Panton, but in America, capiz shells are still used in contemporary lighting, and with good reason. This pendant is a good shape, an effective fitting (preventing glare whilst letting the light from the lamp through in all directions), and looks at home in many different locations, for example:

Verner Panton Fun Mother of Pearl DM11 set Now we can look at Onion in a contemporary light too...

Verner Panton Onion Set over table

Verner Panton Onion set...but maybe not Spiral Gold SP1! Let's enjoy this for its gold bling, undercut by its being made of material so light that it is moved by the gentlest zephyr!

Verner Panton Spiral Gold set

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Pallucco: Bolle floor light by Joe Colombo

Pallucco Bolle by Joe Colombo 1Pallucco are re-editing the Bolle floor light by Joe Colombo. It is 173cm high and equipped with two fluorescent tubes running up the centre, supplemented by a 100W halogen uplighter. Contrary to early announcements, the tubes are always dimmable, but the uplighter isn't. It comes in black or white:

Its appearance can be adjusted. Each hole is on a separate aluminium ring, each of which can be rotated and positioned at will.

Joe Colombo is one of the characters who most influenced design in the 1960s (and not just design -- he was also a painter, a sculptor, an architect...). These were exciting times -- technological advances, space exploration.... His particular fascination was with the habitat of the future, demonstrating his ideas using his own flat -- he moved four times in ten years.

Besides this light from Pallucco, we have Oluce to thank for keeping many of his iconic designs in production. They include this famous desk light:

Oluce colombo desk light by joe colombothis characteristic table light:

Oluce coupe table by joe colomboand one of the all-time best arco-type floor standing suspension lights:

Oluce Coupe 3320 set by Joe colombowith this beautiful head:

Oluce Coupe floor head by joe colombo

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