Stockholm 2017 – What does it mean to live in a part of the world that has limited daylight during the winter and almost endless daylight during the summer? Stockholm Nordic Museum presents Nordic Light, an exhibition that exploring “how light has shaped us, and how we have shaped light, from aurora borealis to Poul Henningsen’s iconic PH lamps” says Nordic Museum curator Maria Maxén.
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Nordic Light is on show in the central Hall of Nordic Museum in Stockholm with an installation by NOTE Design Studio inspired by “the oldest sources of light available – the moon and the sun” says the designers to Archipanic. “The exhibition narraters how light – whether from nature or man-made technology – affects the way we live our lives. We exhibit over 100 years of Nordic lamp design, in a visual timeline showing how the design of lamps has changed in the Nordic region since the arrival of electricity” comments the curator.
Visitors enter at the centre of 126 m long Gothic looking banquet hall of Nordiska Museet. Two discs at each end of the hall refer to the sun lighting up a cloud bank and the moon reflecting on the rippling water surface.
The section of the exhibition dedicated to Nordic lighting design is called Shapes of Light – 120 lamps 120 years and it is housed in structure “we call Mångata – A unique Swedish word for the light-line the moon creates in water at night” say at NOTE Design Studio.
A zigzag-shaped fifty meter long wall rises from one meter in the front to six meters in the back creating triangular rooms. Each space is dedicated to an era in the history of electrical lights including also Art Nouveau, Modernism, Postmodernism and the latest 3D-printing innovation technologies.
The Northern part of the hall is dedicated to mesmerising wonder aurora borealis. A fifty meter long semi-transparent fabric hangs from the ceiling continuing upside-down the zigzag design on the other half of the exhibition. Every twenty minutes, the lights of the north hall are faded down and beam of light recreating the colours of the Northern Lights.