If you’ve ever seen anything else that Thomas Bernstrand has made, you’d notice the following passage from his website – a quote about Thomas Bernstrand by journalist Mark Isitt:
“Thomas Bernstrand’s objects are not meant to be placed on a pedestal. They are meant to be used. Yet not in the customary manner: not as one usually uses furniture and lamps and flowerpots and coat hangers and notice boards and towel hangers and ladders and everything else he has designed. But more… intensively… You should be able to swing from Thomas’ things. Dance on them. Dismantle them. Cause they can take it. They are made to use. All designers, of course, say they would never design something simply for the sake of design. But Thomas isn’t just talk. When he comes to work in the morning, unlocking the buckled iron door of his white-painted studio — what was once a bakery —and puts his feet up on the window table and looks out at the neighbouring pool hall, tattoo studio and Asia travel agent, his thoughts are not, “What should I design today? Should I design a chair?” But instead, “Should I design something to work in, relax in, bounce in or whatever?” He thinks in terms of verbs, rather than nouns. In actions, rather than typologies.
Meet the Daikanyama pendant lamp, displayed at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair:
From the product page at Thomas’ website:
The Tokyo district of the same name inspired DAIKANYAMA; the pendant and cables create spatiality on a pleasant scale for both large and small areas. In zigzag, stricter or even slightly chaotic configurations between walls, ceilings and poles, with the electric cable running along the wire from one to the next. There are endless possibilities for this playful pendant with painted aluminium in standard colours: white, black, red, yellow and orange.Diameter 420 mm, height 300 mm. LED or 18W compact fluorescent.
I love how utilitarian these lamps are, but at the same time have a grace and civility that brings forth the real shape of the design. It’s a true form and function piece, I quite like it! These pieces were manufactured by Bla Station – and obviously debuted at the Fair:
All images from Thomas Bernstrand’s website, all rights are his.