The Kuu Lamp by Kerstin Sylwan & Jenny Stefansdotter
Sometimes the simplest designs are the hardest to find…and, to design. Even in web development and the graphic design world, which I primarily reside in, minimalism is a heck of a lot tougher than it looks. The designer’s mind is often a very, very colorful one that’s tough to tone down, so it takes a special kind of skill to keep a project simple by focusing only on the precise ideas needed to keep it that way. To me, it seems these simple items are even harder to find sometimes, as the market is flooded with a bazillion examples of artists all trying to outdo each other and sometimes, even trying too hard to be different. The more this goes on, the more I am attracted to the simple things that pop up from time to time. I like solids over patterns, colorblocking over ornate designs, just big and bold and modern. I also love creative repurposing, and anything that keeps unnecessary junk out of our landfills. I have been enjoying newsletters from Hem, which seems to have a way of making home decor easy. I always like interesting lighting, and a recent newsletter led me to artists Kerstin Sylwan & Jenny Stefansdotter and their Kuu Lamps.
The Kuu Lamp is made from sunscreen fabric scraps, which allows light to filter through at just the right amount while keeping “a form that is both structured and purposely imperfect.” When ordered, these lamps come flat and take their form with a pull of a drawstring cord, which negates the need for excess packaging. “Kuu” means “moon” in Finnish, and these lamps do kind of take on a pretty ethereal moonlike glow. Each comes with a matching cable and look great either on their own or clustered with others!
Kerstin Sylwan & Jenny Stefansdotter both specialize in creations made from natural and sustainable resources, while keeping a “more beauty from fewer resources” motto. They are part of Gothenburg design collective Design Stories. These lamps are available exclusively at Hem!
Read more about the designers here, and shop their simple but beautiful Kuu Lamp designs.