Golden Bell pendant light
Bring natural light into your home
Why are Scandinavians so good at lighting? The long and dark winters of the north pushes people inside, where they create a cosy atmosphere with the help of candles and artificial light to enjoy themselves until spring comes along. This is the most common and surely also correct explanation, but not the only interpretation.
The geographical location of the Nordic countries means that light changes very slowly: sunrise and sunset might take around 30 minutes in Switzerland, whereas it might take two hours in Scandinavia depending on the latitude and season. Hence, light is perceived in “slow-motion”, and you identify every change in it. In winter, the sun shows itself rarely and shines from a flat, blinding angle and in summer it never sets above the polar circle and in the south, it just dips below the horizon only to rise again. This impacts peoples' perception of light and develops a strong sensibility for lighting spaces.
A clear or a matt bulb?
Complimentary "Light-Tasting-Kit" until 31.1.2022
Selecting the right light source, may be a challenge to many. To support you, Artek offers a complimentary light tasting set (worth CHF 45) with each purchase of a light in the selection. This set is a carefully selected choice of 3 different light sources, which allows you to test various effects and ambiances at home.
Natural, direct and indirect, light is instinctively a central issue in both architecture and interior design in the Nordic countries. Alvar Aalto is mostly famous for his architecture and furniture design. His light designs, however, display the same design language. They are very sculptural and effective, whether they are on or off and they combine direct and indirect light without blinding. His lights can be used everywhere, as accent, task, or basic lighting.
The first steps towards natural lighting at home
Lighting is an important, yet quite challenging topic. Many, who are quite happy with their choice of furniture so far, only arrive at the lighting to find themselves overwhelmed. Lighting, just as acoustics, has a similar effect on an interior: a perfect selection of furnishings will never feel enjoyable unless the lighting is atmospheric and functional and the acoustic favourable!
Your first steps to natural lighting at home:
1. Several (many more than you think) various lights in a room is central for a good result.
2. Select the right light for the right spot:
3. Select the right light source for the right spot:
In case you are still stuck, why not make an appointment with one of our consultants?