finnish design company artek celebrates 75 years and for this year’s milan design week they present ‘white’, a new collection of lighting solutions designed by the company’s design director ville kokkonen.
comprised of four different fittings (a fifth is to be released later this year), ‘white’ is the result of artek studio’s research and use of light within domestic, office and public spaces.
‘every year, thousands of new lamps are created around the world. some of them manage to introduce a new, unique form; others bring new technical solutions to the market. what these fittings usually have in common,
however, is that they concentrate on making a spectacle of themselves and leave the light itself to play a supporting role. form and colour are the stars, and light gets sidelined. this was the starting point for the new artek lighting collection. white brings a new perspective on how we perceive lighting. it is time for white light to take centre stage.
the design was influenced by the effects of conceptual spatial installations on enclosed light, and it has also shown the path that lighting might take in the future. unlike many of its peers, white stays in the background and
concentrates on providing the perfect frame for light itself. in visually overcrowded environments, white provides a fresh alternative. it neither shouts nor overburdens the space in which it is placed.
for too long, light has been overshadowed by the fitting. right from the beginning of the design process we felt that there would be room for a lamp that allows light to rule. the biggest tribute for white would be that people
remember its soft light but have no idea how the lamp itself looked.’ – ville kokkonen
designer: ville kokkonen
material: Frame birch plywood, painted white Shade Plexiglas® sheet.