“I find that floor lamps are often big and quite dominant in interiors. I needed a lamp which was small and humble and simply “popped up” where you needed some light."
The Swedish designer Jonas Wagell initially designed the Peek lamp as a floor lamp to accompany a sofa he did a few years ago. The design is simplistic, humble and somewhat quirky.
He explains, “I find that floor lamps are often big and quite dominant in interiors. I needed a lamp which was small and humble and simply “popped up” where you needed some light. The Peek lamp has a heavy base with a long slender stem and a shade, which gracefully peeks over the back of a sofa or armchair.”
The shape and silhouette of the Peek table lamp is the same as a floor lamp, only the proportions have shrunk. Use the lamp as a reading light, as your new best friend on your desk or as the last thing you see before you close your eyes at night. The base has a concave top creating a bowl for essential stationery, earplugs, jewelry or other small items and the tip of the stem functions as a dimmer.
Jonas Wagell on the design: “Although the form derives from a functional requirement I believe it’s important that the lamp has personality and an expression. I strive to create simplistic objects and products that are intuitive and easy to understand. In essence, the Peek lamps only consist of three parts; base, stem and shade. The form is reduced to the necessities and the expression becomes iconic.”
Swedish architect and designer Jonas Wagell’s studio is based in downtown Stockholm but his collaborations stretch as far as China and North America. His work has come to be known for its playfulness and clever compact living. “I try to reduce unnecessary details and emphasize a function or main character, which often results in simple but expressive objects with soft shapes – and sometimes over-sized, playful details. I have come to call this a type of ‘generous minimalism’.”
And in a culture with a tendency to consume and throw away, Jonas wants to create work that stays relevant for years to come. In 2008, he was named by Wallpaper* magazine as of the world’s 50 hottest young architects.