May 17, 2012

A New Lighting Line and WantedDesign

Secto Design's Octo in white, natural birch, and black.

Secto Design’s Octo in white, natural birch, and black.


We have exciting news at Global Lighting: we’ve officially become the exclusive North American distributor for Secto Design, a Finnish company producing some of the most gracefully restrained fixtures we’ve seen in quite some time! The new lighting line, designed by architect Seppo Koho, is handmade entirely of PEFC-certified Finnish birch by highly skilled craftsmen. The shades, fashioned from laminated birch slats connected by rings of aircraft plywood, are available in white or black laminated birch.

The Magnum 4202 in natural birch

The Magnum 4202 in natural birch.

Koho says of his designs, “To me, form is the most important consideration when designing any object. My lighting fixtures are spaces in themselves. The viewer should not be blinded by the light—on the contrary, the light should softly invite people to come closer. Not only do Secto Design lamps emphasize space and environment, they create atmosphere.”


The Atto 500 in natural birch, black, and white.

The Atto 500 in natural birch, black, and white.

Secto Design will be participating in WantedDesign, a hip event held in the landmark Terminal Stores building in Manhattan, as part of the fair’s New Finnish Design exhibition and programming. The 22,000-square-foot space allotted to the fair will be chock full of exciting exhibitions, products and programming. I asked Odile Hainaut, co-founder of WantedDesign, to fill us in as to how the idea for the fair came about. “WantedDesign was born in a very spontaneous way, and with a very clear goal—to contribute in building a “real” and strong design week in New York in conjunction with the ICFF,” she said. “Claire Pijoulat and myself joined our forces in December 2010 to create the first edition in May 2011. We curated an event that presents established brands, independent designers, design institutions, workshops and talks in order to facilitate creative dialogues and to help new collaborations. WantedDesign is a platform for the design industry to communicate, to explore, to meet. And all that in the unique and typically New York Terminal Stores building, a convivial and enjoyable environment.”

The Secto Octo on the Global Lighting blog.

Secto Design shines with softly dramatic symmetry, whether in a restaurant, a hotel, a retail boutique, a residence or an office.

The Secto Magnum in black on the Global Lighting blog.

A cool bit of programming taking place this year will be the Neon Workshop during which Manhattan Neon will offer a live neon workshop. A “Design Students Challenge” focuses on lighting this year—and we love hearing that! And Design Within Reach and Dwell magazine will be showcasing the next generation of designers. Dwell’s editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron says of the magazine’s participation: This is an amazing opportunity for an under-the-radar or established designer to see a project realized. We are looking for a design that is multifunctional and destined to be a future live/work staple; something that could be seen in the pages of Dwell for years to come. We were excited to be able to partner with DWR and offer our readers, many of whom are young designers, the chance to present their work to the modern design community.”

WantedDesign will be open to the public from Saturday, May 19, through Monday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The full scope of programming is on their web site.

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