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Currently Coveting: Handmade Lighting from Örsjö of Sweden

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Currently Coveting: Handmade Lighting from Örsjö of Sweden

June 27, 2022
plissé white edition pleated light by orsjo, sweden. 9
Plissé White Edition pleated light by Orsjo, Sweden.

Founded in 1948 in Småland, in southern Sweden, Örsjö initially made metal components and falu röda, the red paint synonymous with Scandinavian country houses and barns. In the early fifties, the company started producing lighting that attracted Ikea founder, Ingvar Kamprad: for years, Örsjö kept Ikea’s lamp departments stocked. In the eighties, Örsjö parted ways with Ikea and in recent decades has focused on producing well-crafted lighting by celebrated Swedish designers past and present (and, admittedly, at prices that are far from Ikea’s).

Örsjö’s handmade lights have elegantly minimalist silhouettes that look at home in just about any room, and some work equally well indoors and out. The brand is known in Europe but under-the-radar in the US: we’re happy to report that most of the designs are available in the States through Two Enlighten of Glendale, CA, Örsjö’s North American distributor. Here are eight shining examples.

Photography via Örsjö Belysning, unless noted.

the long stemmed ginko pendant is a \2009 design by norway says that was inspir 10
Above: The long-stemmed Ginko pendant is a 2009 design by Norway Says that was inspired by gingko leaves. Made of lacquered aluminum, it has a diffuser in the shade that helps spread the light and eliminate glare.
the plissé white edition is composed of a pleated translucent textile. a 11
Above: The Plissé White Edition is composed of a pleated translucent textile. A recent design by Folkform, it won the 2022 Lighting of the Year award from Swedish magazine Residence. It’s available from Two Enlighten for $1,275, which on request has Örsjö’s designs modified for US use.
the punkt light, according to Örsjö, &#8\2\20;owes its visual lan 12
Above: The Punkt light, according to Örsjö, “owes its visual language to postwar French pendant lamps and the pendant Maxi, which was part of Örsjö’s collection in the beginning of the sixties.” It’s made of powder-coated metal and has a cloth-covered cord.
Örsjö&#8\2\17;s pj series is swedish architects ann morsing and b 13
Above: Örsjö’s PJ series is Swedish architects Ann Morsing and Beban Nord’s update of the 1940s industrial PeFeGe Eriksson light that went out of production in 1990. “We could see the potential to transform the lamp into a product that would work in interior decoration contexts simply by giving its lines a slightly more sophisticated look,” says Nord. This ceiling-mounted version is the PJ50.
the pj60 desk lamp is available with a base or clamp in five colors. 14
Above: The PJ60 desk lamp is available with a base or clamp in five colors.
  the tratten (translation: funnel) is a \1960s outdoor lighting classic b 15
Above:  The Tratten (translation: Funnel) is a 1960s outdoor lighting classic by Hans-Agne Jakobsson reissued by Örsjö. It comes in two sizes and in several materials and finishes; “rough brass” (shown) is $598.50 (marked down from $665) at Nordic Nest. Photograph via C/RO.
originally intended as an exterior light, the tratten is still produced for out 16
Above: Originally intended as an exterior light, the Tratten is still produced for outdoor use. Two Enlighten offers it in several custom patinated finishes.
modeled after the chamber sticks of yore, pierre sindre&#8\2\17;s portable, 17
Above: Modeled after the chamber sticks of yore, Pierre Sindre’s portable, rechargeable Visir LED light is perfect for summer entertaining. The Finnish Design Shop offers it in brass, copper, and black and white finishes starting at $513.

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