Wästberg is a Swedish lighting company aimed at bringing back light to human proximity, by restoring the private spheres man has been deprived of during decades of misguided pursuit of efficiency and standardisation. The universally acclaimed lamps are created in close collaboration with some of the world‘s most renowned architects, designers and lighting experts, and have earned prestigious awards for their combination of aesthetics, cutting-edge technology and resource conservation.
After barely a decade of activity, Swedish lighting company Wästberg decided to take another step back in history – and launch light sources not requiring electricity. Holocene can be seen as a tribute to Fire. Also to Man. Wästberg introduced the idea to some of the world‘s leading designers (Ilse Crawford and David Chipperfield had already designed lights for the company). This resulted in the premiere collection of Holocene, developed in collaboration with Ilse Crawford, David Chipperfield, Jasper Morrison and John Pawson.
– Holocene was a geological period, stretching from 11.700 to about 100 years ago, that is, it started after the last ice age and can be described as the period when Man lived in harmony with Nature, was careful with resources, cherished Fire, did not allow it to run amok … well, neither literally nor symbolically, says Magnus Wästberg, Founder and CEO of Wästberg.