Scandinavian 20th-century lighting
Jacksons is pleased to announce our new exhibition "Nordic Light". Stark seasonal contrasts in combination with a scarcity of natural light in the Nordic countries created a unique atmosphere for developing some of the most innovative lamp design of the 20th-century.
Obsessed with the ethereal quality of the summer night and its seductive power so distinct to the North, Nordic painters in the late nineteenth-century were on a quest to carve out a geographic identity at the far reaches of Europe. By the 1920s, early masters of modern architecture began to explore a vision of reality similar to their plein-air predecessors. Elaborating on ideas concerning translucence and reflection, these architects and designers controlled and utilized natural light as an animated resource in a way that reinforced an intimate contact with nature.
One of the many designers featured in the exhibition is Poul Henningsen, arguably the world's first lighting architect. Also featured are iconic designs by Alvar Aalto, Gunnar Asplund, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Pavo Tynell, Tapio Wirkkala, Greta Magnusson Grossman, and Yrjo Kukkapuro.