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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, grey

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Material
Mouth-blown glass, powder-coated steel
Colour
Grey, terracotta
Width
20,5 cm
Height
34 cm
Bulb base
E27
Light source
Max 20W LED (not included)
Cable length
230 cm
Cable colour
Black
Dimmable
No

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. One of Matti Klenell’s most famous designs is the Four vase created for Muuto in 2006. Four is a blown and cold worked glass vase in coloured and clear glass. The inside ball is perforated with four holes in various sizes to fit with a single flower as well as a big bouquet of flowers. And even without flowers Four is a beautiful piece of design work. In 2010 Matti Klenell designed a new collection of Birds for Iittala. This is a new addition to the Iittala Birds collection, which was first introduced by Oiva Toikka in 1972 with his Birds by Toikka, a growing collection that gets new pieces every year. Matti Klenell has been crowned designer of the year in Sweden, and has won several prestigious national and international awards. In 2003 Matti Klenell was awarded the prestigious Ljunggren Design Prize and his work is represented in the permanent collections of various museums.

 

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