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LED table lamp by Michael Young for Wästberg

Stockholm Design Week 09: Swedish brand Wästberg will launch a table lamp by designer Michael Young in Stockholm later this week.


The lamp has a star-shaped stem that enables the head to be rotated 360-degrees through six positions.


Young describes it as an "engineered product inspired by my passions for industrial process and production innovation."


Below is some more information from Wästberg and Michael Young:


Stockholm Furniture Fair, February 4 - 8, 2009
Stand C 05:21

Lamps for Offices, Hotels and Caves. (Not to mention Tunnels.)

Man appeared.
Man felt comfortable and safe around light sources he could control.
Man felt comfortable and safe for 300,000 years.

Man began to over-illuminate rooms and halls.
General lighting was calibrated for the areas that needed the most light.
Far too many areas received far too much light.
Man felt dazzled and irradiated.
Man no longer felt comfortable or safe.

One of the people affected (a Swede) started reasoning to himself.
What would happen if you softened general lighting, and used direct lighting where needed instead?
A more functional, more economic, more energy efficient, more flexible and more aesthetic lighting solution would ensue.
But entirely new demands were made of the new direct lighting.

Man started to experiment.
Man got scent.
Wästberg appeared.

Wästberg got the help of some of the world’s foremost designers in order to realise his vision. The lamps drew attention wherever they were shown.
Newspapers reported.
The future looked bright.

Dark times appeared.
The world turned upside down.
Wästberg expanded his range based on new economic and environmental requirements.

Man regained the scent once more.
Even in his wildest imagination, Wästberg couldn‘t see himself as a light at the end of the tunnel.

Young w094t - LED table lamp

Working with Wästberg has given me the unique opportunity to take a fresh approach to the design of desk light typologies. Inspired by new factories I have discovered over the last years in Asia, I found a number of technologies that I believe have enabled me to create some freshness and unique functions. The arm of this design is simple, extruded and then stamped - a process uniquely from the bicycle industry that offers fresh context to the design market. The star-shaped stem pivots its way through 6 positions around a 360-degree axis. It is certainly an engineered product inspired by my passions for industrial process and production innovation. / Michael Young