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Nordic roots with a Japanese touch

Karl-Johan table lamp from New Works is designed by dane Signe Hytte

Back in 2014, designer Signe Hytte was assigned to create a lamp for the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

The idea was that the lamp was going to be wholly or partly glass, and at the time, Signe Hytte had a totally different picture in her head. But after a visit to the glassblower, the product quickly developed into the mushroom-inspired shape that makes the Karl-Johan lamp as we know it today.

It's all in the detail
For Signe it was obvious from the start that she wanted to use nature as her source for inspiration; the nordic as well as elements from Japan.

- My favourite detail is definitely the shape og the glass. The way the neck of the glass meets the base; and that the glass is almost even on the sides and flat on top. That's a shape I've been preoccupied with for ages, Signe Hytte Says.

It took more than 50 sketches to even get down to the shape of the glass.

- It became an obsession to me, finding the perfect shape.

Simplicity above all
And this perfectionist approach is very telling of Signe as a designer. On the surface, the Karl-Johan lamp is a simple lamp with a humble expression, but countless hours of work has been put into ever detail in the design of the shape.

- Even though it looks simple, I've been fighting with and perfecting every detail down to the last millimetre. I love design when it's simple and stringent, and i always try to aim for that when I'm creating my own designs, Signe says, and concludes:

- I think Karl-Johan is simple in its expression, but also full of personality and character.


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