Description

The Putki table lamp by Iittala was designed by Matti Klenell in 2018 for Sweden’s Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. The building, designed in 1866, is impressive in itself, so the challenge was to create luminaires grand enough not to disappear in the space. When sketching the lamps, Klenell thought of the unofficial glass-blowing world championships held each year at the Iittala glassworks, where one of the tasks is to blow as big of a cylinder as possible.

In collaboration with Iittala’s master glassblowers, Klenell then created a series of tall glass luminaires and named them Putki, Finnish for “tube”, after their tubular shape. For Iittala’s lighting collection, the lamp was scaled down to a smaller size that is also mouth-blown at the Iittala glassworks in Finland.

At Nationalmuseum, the lamps are placed in groups on the museum restaurant’s windowsills, where their undulating surface filters both the light emitted by the bulb and the natural light coming in from the windows. “I have always been intrigued by light and lighting design, the connection between immaterial and the material. I try to treat the light almost like a material itself, as I find it the most beautiful immaterial phenomenon in the world,” Klenell has said.

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Putki table lamp, copper

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Material
Mouth-blown glass, powder-coated steel
Colour
Copper, terracotta
Width
20,5 cm
Height
34 cm
Bulb base
E27
Light source
Max 20W LED (not included)
IP rating
20
Protection class
II
Voltage
220-240V
Nominal frequency
50-60Hz
Certifications and labels
CE, GS, FI
Plug
EU plug
Cable length
230 cm
Cable colour
Black
Cable material
Textile
Dimmable
No

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Matti Klenell

The Swedish designer Matti Klenell (b. 1972) graduated from the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Sweden, in 1999. Matti Klenell has become known for his innovative take on the Scandinavian idea of the intrinsic link between form and function. In 2000 he founded his own company, the Matti Klenell Studio, which works with various design commissions for a large number of clients. 

Apart from projects to be produced serially, the studio also develops limited edition works as well as public and private art commissions. Klenell has been awarded as Designer of the Year in Sweden, and has won several prestigious national and international awards, including the Ljunggren Design Prize as well as the Red Dot Design Award for the Lempi glass for Iittala. His work is represented in the permanent collections of various museums.

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