Norwegian Forest is a pendant and table lamp series with shade elements made of natural birch or white ash veneer, depicting a pine forest with animals.
The lamp draws on the classic Scandinavian tradition of using thin, translucent veneer strips. The intricate pattern is laser-cut by skilled craftsmen in Sweden.
The shade is made from premier quality, double layered Nordic birch veneer or ash veneer with a white, semi transparent stain on the outside and white paper fleece on the inside. The veneer is put through a flexing process to become bendable and then coated with a clear solvent-free coating. The shade elements are hand sewn onto the white steel frame using natural leather lace. When lit, the blonde veneer offers a warm glow, filtering out light between the carved treetops.
The Norwegian Forest lamp was first presented in 2007 through Cathrine Kullberg Design, and included in the Northern Lighting portfolio in 2013. It should be noted that wood is prone to ‘tanning’ in strong sunlight. It is therefore advised to rotate a lamp exposed to direct sunlight, to acquire an even, all-round tan.
Cathrine Kullberg (born 1971) from Oslo, Norway, launched her range of Norwegian Forest birch veneer lamps in 2007 via her company; Cathrine Kullberg Design. Cathrine has a Masters Degree in Political Science and Aesthetics from the University of Oslo, and a Masters Degree in Design from the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. She was later employed at the renowned Thomas Heatherwick Studio as a designer and project manager.
Upon her return to Oslo she worked as project leader at Norsk Form at the Norwegian Centre of Design and Architecture. She has also freelanced as a design and architectural journalist for a number of Norwegian magazines and newspapers. Her design work has been featured in several books, leading international interior design magazines and a number of international exhibitions. Cathrine Kullberg investigates the potential of veneer, light and translucency, combining modern technology and traditional craft techniques in her design of lighting products and artwork.