Gently cradled in the curve of its rectangular base, the Journey wall lamp by Signe Hytte is a simple sphere that emerges like the moon on the horizon. For the wall version, the wires are concealed inside the base and there’s no dimmer. Resulting in a look that’s even more pure and poetic. There’s a secret behind the physics of the design – the ability to mount the lamp in a variety of different directions. A nice feature for a home or hotel if you’re thinking of bedside table lamps angled to suit each side. It’s also ideal to illuminate specific spaces in a commercial setting. Or use them as decorative details to create a pattern as part of an art installation. Each satinised opal glass sphere is made individually using a mouth-blown technique. Merge this iconic round shape with its rectangular base and you have a neat and complete solution for creating just the mood you want to be in.
Signe Hytte is a purist with a capital P. She finds beauty in the absolute essence of things, where she seeks to strip away anything extra without eliminating the essential. Prior to graduating from TEKO Design and Business School in Denmark, Hytte studied Aesthetic and Culture at Aarhus University. “I have a deep desire to do something special without over-doing it,” says Hytte. “Aiming for something simple yet meaningful, that you feel good about looking at and living with.”
Hytte’s starting point is never nothing. Often it’s some kind of framework like geometry, as seen in her Journey lamp. Here, her point of departure was the sphere and a rectangle. “For me, when you turn on the lamp, the sphere is reminiscent of the moon,” adds Hytte. “The rectangle acts like a cradle for the sphere. A bit like those toys for children, where the impetus of the sphere makes the sphere roll forward down a track until it eventually lands.” And the journey? “It’s all about going somewhere. Travelling without travelling. An inner journey, with the lamp lighting the way for new thoughts, new beginnings.”