It’s Waitangi Day (a public holiday) here but I woke to yet more exciting news in my inbox. A must-share before heading outdoors to spend the day with my boys, Northern (formerly known as Northern Lighting) have officially launched its new lifestyle brand. Following an already impressive 12 years of success, the award-winning studio has extended their trademark style to furniture and interior accessories with a brand that is set to take their Nordic spirit to interiors around the world. Their first collection debuts at the Stockholm Furniture Fair and showcases the beauty of natural materials, classic sensibilities and an edgy approach to contemporary design. Here’s a look at some of the beautiful pieces on offer.
Based in Oslo, Norway, the new brand was established by Ove Rogne, CEO and co- founder of Northern Lighting, and developed with creative direction from designers Morten Skjærpe Knarrum and Jonas Norheim, the duo behind the Morten & Jonas design studio. For two years, the designers worked collaboratively with Rogne to establish a new brand characterised by a bold interpretation of classic forms and a determination to innovate with natural materials. Together with a team that includes 16 designers from seven different countries, they have addressed the demand for understated luxury and the consumer need for multifunctional designs.
‘Our first design studio was always about more than illumination. We pushed the boundaries of shape, form and materials so far that furniture design and interior accessories just felt like a natural next step. So we called it Northern.’
The debut collection includes statement-making designs, such as the exclusive desk by Yonoh crafted from smoked oak and perforated steel. Multifunctional products, such as the upbeat modular shelving and storage system from Rudi Wulff, and the sleeper sofa by Morten & Jonas, add more flexibility to the interior. Swedish design studio Färg & Blanche stand ready for cocktail hour with their gleaming bar cabinet. Products from designers such as Mario Tsai, Gridy, Cecilia Xinyu Zhang, Kyla McCallum, Vera & Kyte, Elina Ulvio, Stine Aas, Mattias Stenberg, Ann Kristin Einarsen, Johan Lindsten, Johanna Forsberg and Sami Kallio complete the range of the collection.