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Claesson Koivisto Rune | Ceiling lamps

Claesson Koivisto Rune is one of the foremost design and architectural offices in Scandinavia. It was founded in Stockholm in 1995 by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. Claesson Koivisto Rune started as an architectural office but is nowadays multi-disciplinary, concentrating on both architecture and design projects.

Amongst their commissions, there are houses such as the Sfera Building in Kyoto, interiors such as the Operakällaren gourmet restaurant in Stockholm, as well as designs for manufacturers such as Iittala, David Design and Cappellini. For Iittala, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed the Neo range. Neo is exceptionally distinguished, ergonomic and of lasting quality. The Neo pots have a unique ergonomic feature that also became the aesthetic feature. They have “open” handles that turn down with a slight outward angle. Claesson Koivisto Rune’s works have received numerous awards and they were the first Swedish architects ever to be exhibited in the international section of the Venice Architecture Biennale (2004).

Claesson Koivisto Rune has designed pieces for the following brands: Muuto, Swedese, Nikari, Skultuna, Asplund, FontanaArte

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Modern ceiling lamps and designer ceiling lights in Nordic style

Ceiling lights are the cornerstone of general lighting, and usually, every room has at least one ceiling light socket. At Finnish Design Shop, you can find a whole range of modern ceiling lamps from classic brands of Nordic design to interesting international manufacturers. Our selection ranges from flush-mounted ceiling lights to pendant lamps with multiple colour and material options. Happy ceiling light shopping!

What types of ceiling lights are there?

There are thousands and thousands of different ceiling lights in the world, but they can be categorised into two main types: flush-mounted ceiling lights that can be mounted directly against the ceiling, and pendant lamps that are suspended from the ceiling. The types of flush-mounted lights range from small spotlights and recessed lights to models with large, decorative shades. A ceiling pendant, on the other hand, can its simplest feature just a base and bulb hanging on a cable, but there are also plenty of spectacular chandeliers, eye-catching shade designs and modern track lights consisting of several light units.

How to choose a new ceiling light?

When choosing a ceiling light, start by thinking about your needs: are looking for bright direct light, soft general light, mood light or decorative light – this helps you to narrow down the selection. Also, pay attention to the size of the ceiling lamp: to avoid a cramped feeling, make sure that there is enough empty space around the lamp – and if the space is large, you might even want to opt for a chandelier or mount several ceiling lights into a group. Once you know what type and size you are looking for, you can focus on the fun part: choose the shape, colour and materials according to your own liking and think about how they go together with the existing interior.

How many lumens do I need for a ceiling light?

The lumen value of the ceiling light should be chosen according to the size of the room and the intended use of the lamp. If used as decorative or mood light, choose a LED bulb with a low luminous flux, not more than 250 lumens. A pendant lamp placed hanging over a dining table should be fitted with a bulb with approximately 450 lumens or even more, if the space is large and you also use it for work. Remember that a dimmable ceiling lamp is a great choice when you want to alter the light between soft mood light and brighter general light. If you need a particularly efficient ceiling light for working, go for a lumen value from around 800 up to 2,500, depending on the size of the room. Find out more by checking out our selection of light bulbs.

Ceiling light inspiration

Finnish Design Shop’s online magazine Design Stories provides plenty of inspirational stories on contemporary home decor and the Nordic lifestyle. Browse through these Design Stories for new ideas and inspiration for ceiling light shopping:

9 tips for home lighting >
Bedroom lighting ideas – 6 layers of light >
Paavo Tynell’s lamps can be found in surprising places – take a look at these 3 stunning sites >