Now that’s what we call a catch! Inspired by the traditional glass fishing floats used by the fishermen around the world since mid-19th century, the Swedish designer and architect Mattias Ståhlbom of Stockholm’s TAF studio has created this series of subtle pendant lights for the Swedish lighting specialists, Zero.
Aptly-named ‘Fisherman’, the light can be can be either suspended as a pendant or displayed on a flat surface and is available in two different sizes and variety of colours.
From the designer:
‘Glass fishing floats were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their nets afloat. (…) Many of them are still afloat in the world’s oceans, primarily the Pacific. Norway was the first country to start production and use of glass fishing floats around 1840, and they can still be found in local boathouses.
‘Like fishermen’s glass floats, the lamp has also transferred to contemporary materials. And as a useful fishing tool has transformed into a romanticized, nigh-kitsch item used in fish restaurants, it is also time to move lamps into a new positive context. When placed indoors, with increased size and a new function as a lamp, we still recognize it, but look at it in a new way.’
‘Rope-making is now a very rare handicraft in Sweden and it has been extremely hard to find the knowledge on how to knit this kind of round net structure. Finally, a small company, located at Hönö on the Swedish west coast, specialized in making rope- and net applications for the fishing industry, managed to do it. Each net is hand knitted using the simplest tools imaginable.’