Craft meets art. Function meets form. Material meets potential. This is Nordic tradition and heritage. &Tradition aims to bridge these values to contemporary design, reshaping, redefining and reinventing materials, techniques and forms. &Tradition covers the masters of yesterday, the leading designers of today and the talent who may create the classics of the future. They scout for design talent and handpick production facilities globally. But their roots are still Nordic. They respect nature that provide our raw materials, and they believe in design that is made to last.
Some of our favorite lights from &Tradition are:
Topan by Verner Panton
Sometimes the simplest things are the most lasting and memorable, the Topan pendant being a brilliant example. It was the first mass produced lamp by Verner Panton, later to be followed by the FlowerPot. Topan’s simplicity and coolness proves to be of lastin value. Topan was originally designed for the hotel and restaurant Astoria in Trondheim, Norway, in 1960. Here, Panton used his textile designs Geometry I and IV for floors, walls and ceilings in order to give the room a uniform image. The Topan pendants hung all over, dividing large rooms into smaller and more intimate spaces.
The spinning-top toy, a childhood favorite, inspires the joyful form of the Spinning Light along with the process of metal spinning. Here, form truly meets function in an innovative way. It’s sleek, It’s sexy and it’s sure to become a new classic.
Corium by Pernille Vea
Corium is Latin for leather and the name of this striking pendant. With the juxtaposition of the softly shaped curves against the firmness and solidity of leather. Corium evokes a mood that is finely balanced between dualities: The feminine and the masculine, the yin and yang, tradition and innovation. Used in this new and unexpected way, leather becomes a highly modern way to implement natures qualities in contemporary design. The leather is tanned with natural tannic acid from oak bark, using a thousand year old technique to create a very modern design.
With Bulb, Danish light artist Sofie Refer lit up the new millenium and a new classic was blown. The shape refers to the first electrical light bulbs by using thick transparent glass. Sofie Refer continues an elegant Nordic tradition, adding her own passion and femininity. The small irregularities in the mouth blown glass make each of the pendants one of a kind and add the story of the glass master’s personal efforts an changing sand, soda and chalk into a modern classic using a thousand year old method.