A visit to the Svenskt Tenn store at Strandvägen in Stockholm spurred the idea of transforming a Monstera plant into modern lighting. Finnish designer Harri Koskinen found inspiration to this inventive design in the frequent presence of houseplants in the store interiors.
“The leaves with their narrow incisions cast decorative shadows on the ceiling and walls, which we demonstrate in the Shadow Play exhibition,” says Harri Koskinen. “The exhibition is also a celebration of two neighboring countries, a modern interpretation of the longtime bond of friendship between Sweden and Finland, and a place where different design worlds can meet.”
Over the years, Koskinen has been showered with prizes and awards, at home and internationally. Early in his career, he created the multiple award-winning Block Lamp, recognized as an instant classic, and in 2009 he received the prestigious Torsten and Wanja Söderbergs Prize, awarded annually by the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg.
”Harri Koskinen is truly one of the great Nordic designers active today,” says Thommy Bindefeld, Marketing Director at Svenskt Tenn. ”We invited him to a collaboration, as part of our intent to match modernism with cultural legacy, historical with contemporary and functionality with artistry, in all that we do.”
Also introduced at the exhibition, a tray by Harri Koskinen is available in a limited, numbered edition of 100. The Shadow Play exhibition is displayed in the Svenskt Tenn store at Strandvägen 5 in Stockholm from February 7 through March 26.
Pricing of items: Table lamp, SEK 5,600, Floor lamp, SEK 11,800 and Tray, SEK 600.