Magnus Wästberg launched his eponymously named lighting company in his home of Sweden in 1998. The launch was accompanied by a manifesto named 'Lamps for Neanderthal Man.'.
Drawing inspiration from the writer August Strindberg's line 'The electric light will make people work themselves to death.' Wästberg outlined his ethos and beliefs that brought the company into being.
The company draw on history, technology and the vision of their designers to produce lighting that is human-centric. Working with the likes of Inga Sempé, Nendo and Claesson Koivisto Rune to produce thoughtful, considered solutions that enhance the human experience and respect the environment.
Whether it's a task light made from a new biologically sourced renewable plastic such as their Winkel 127 or redesigned the archetypal industrial shade with Dalston by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin; Wästberg continue to push the boundaries of what is possible.
Viaduct was one of the first companies to sell Wästberg's collection to the UK and launched Ilse Crawford's collection for them in 2011. You can see Ilse and Magnus Wastberg speak at our event in this short film.
Soft sinuous waves define the form of the Alma Ceiling and Wall Light designed by Tham & Videgård for Wästberg. It's undulating shape lends a sculptural quality and can generate different effects depending on the light source you choose.
The Wästberg Chipperfield w102 wall lamp is a fresh interpretation of the familiar on a domestic scale, designed by David Chipperfield.
The W182 Pastille Floor Lamp is a gentle and complimentary design to any setting. Designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Wästberg.
Inspired by Brutalist architecture the deconstructed form of Wästberg's Alto Floor Lamp gives a wide, even distribution of light via an energy efficient LED light source.
Soft sinuous waves define the form of the Alma Pendant Light designed by Tham & Videgård for Wästberg. It's undulating shape lends a sculptural quality and can generate different effects depending on the light source you choose.
Wästberg's Sempé w103 pendant light is meant to be as simple and solid as a nail or a push pin, mixing solidity with lightness and a deft touch of colour.
With Wästberg's Dalston Pendant Light Sam Hecht and Kim Colin took the archetypal form of industrial lighting found across factories and workshops in the UK and created a sleek, highly configurable series of fittings that utilises the best LED technology.
The W182 Pastille Table Lamp by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin is a minimalist table lamp that offers a soft, ambient illumination.
Wästberg's Sempé w103 table lamp is meant to be as simple and solid as a nail or a push pin, mixing solidity with lightness and a deft touch of colour.
The W163 Lampyre Table Lamp by Inga Sempé for Wästberg is crafted from opaline glass and offers a diffuse glow that is spread equally from base to tip.
Wästberg's w127 winkel desk lamp challenges the perception of a material that is known to people as just plastic, going further than the norm, not only in terms of function and looks, but also in terms of the feel and tactility of the material.
Wästberg's W154 Pal Desk Lamp puts quality of light at the forefront of the design. It's LED technology is perfectly suited to the work environment.