Young Norwegian designer Magnus Pettersen takes Finnish homeware company Iittala's ambient lighting tradition to a new level with the Leimu lamp. With a concrete base and a copper-brown glass portion inspired by traditional lampshades, Leimu is a brand-new lighting fixture where sensitivity encounters strength.
Based in London, Pettersen finds concrete fascinating to work with. "It has a raw and cold feel to it," he says. "The union of glass and concrete is well known in architecture but it isn't necessarily always beautiful. I wanted to smoothly combine opposites in a lamp and to show that fierce and sensitive, cold and warm can work well together."
Opposites are a recurring theme in his work; his style is often described as 'industrial luxury'. He looks at how well different materials or colours merge in an interesting and functional way. From a technical point of view, harmonising the concrete stem and glass portion of the lamp wasn’t easy. "Glass is a challenging material because it is 'alive' and makes accurate dimensioning difficult. However, through good communication with Iittala's glass factory, and thanks to their expertise, we were able to combine concrete and glass into an elegant whole."
Pettersen studied design at Kingston University and Central Saint Martin’s College, and worked as a product designer for various studios and clients in London before setting up Magnus Pettersen Studio in 2010. The studio creates furniture, lighting and home accessories – its first product, the Concrete Desk Set, was launched in April 2011.The Leimu lamp is available at Skandium from September.
Skandium Marylebone, 86 Marylebone High Street, W1; skandium.com