The stacked metal ‘Levels’, a lamp by Swedish studio Form Us With Love, collapses to less than a third of its size fulfilling design brand One Nordic’s motto of “shipping as little air as possible”.
Levels, which won the Form +1 Award for the best design at the 2013 Stockholm Furniture Fair, is a metal pendant lamp made of multiple parts – assembled without tools. Made from metal sheets spun and pushed around a rotating mandrel, the lamps are given a fold at the bottom to support the structure. This fold enables the different shades to hang from one another, cleverly allowing the parts to be nested when transported.
“We love that the design concept is built on intuition, suggesting that the receiver understand more with less”, says Form Us With Love. The idea came about when the studio went down to the factory where Levels is produced in Sweden. “At the factory the metal sheets used for the lampshades are spun and pushed around a rotating mandrel until they reach perfect circle forms. At the very end of the spin you give the shades a fold to support the structure. The spun fold gave us the idea of making the different sized shades hang from one another, allowing for the parts to be stacked when transported” Form Us With Love explains. Photos: Jonas Lindström.