When traveling cities such as Paris, Barcelona and New York, Norm.Architects Kasper Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen were fascinated by the street lamps; the characteristic cast iron top - looking a bit like a hat - with a semi-transparent glass sphere at the base.
Back in the studio Kasper and Jonas detached the street lamp from its original use and transferred the shape and combination of materials in order to design an outstanding, indoor pendant – the Mass Light. The pendant was first launched in brown marble and glass as the two architects were keen on creating a lamp made from natural stone, which can withstand everyday use. The unusual use of solid marble for a lamp gives an exceptional sense of quality and durability.
Later, two other quality materials were added to the range in the form of copper and brass. & the shape of Mass Light is bold, strong and masculine. Yet feminine curves soften the expression. The well-known shape lets you focus on the beauty of the materials, its aesthetic structures and colours.
Graduates from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, together they bring an elegant equilibrium to their multi-disciplinary projects, from architecture, design, interiors and photography to branding, identities and art direction. Norm Architects’ award-winning portfolio reflects a cross-breeding of beliefs rooted in challenging the norm, hence their name. Spaces full of life, light and ambience. Natural materials with a tactile feel. Meticulously crafted designs that are simple, soulful and enduring.
Their idea of perfection is to capture the essence of an idea to reveal its intrinsic, unadorned beauty. Reaching a point where there’s nothing to add
Milk NA1 by NORM Architects reflects their notion that lighting shouldn’t be an afterthought, but rather an integral part of a holistic space. Inspired by the classic Nordic milk stool, place the “Milk” lamp anywhere for a subtle glow with a soothing Zen effect. “Once again, Norm Architects bring a clean look with character to objects that enhance your experience of space,” says Martin Kornbek Hansen. As the architects who created the interior of our &tradition showroom HQ, we gravitate towards their unpretentious approach to timeless, sensory design.
The NA furniture collection was inspired by the contrast between sandblasted oak or stained ash and steel tubes either unpolished or painted. The iconic design of the table and stools are typical of NORM Architects’ purity of purpose. As well as the idea of unadorned beauty seen in the wood, which ages grace-fully over time. “Their juxtaposition of the raw and the refined is a detail that’s very discrete,” remarks Martin Kornbek Hansen. “They’ve re-introduced an iconic everyday shape by refining it in a contemporary look that defies time.”