Swedish designer and artist Johanna Forsberg has an eye for innovation and perfection. This fact is proven by the design of her Heat pendant, which she designed for Northern Lighting. She describes the organically complex fixture as “appearing fiery one minute, then tranquil the next.”
“With contrasts of tenderness and strength, and delicate hands and rough iron mesh, I form exclusive works of art, each piece unique,” she notes. “I live and work in a small village in Sweden, and my passion is to shape sculptures out of steel mesh with my bare hands.” Johanna made her first sculpture in 2001 when she was only seventeen years old.
Within several years, she would form Ateljé Johanna Forsberg and begin working full time as an artist. She has exhibited broadly and has won a number of awards for her mind-bending work. The store on her website proves how adept she is at manipulating mesh; it also shows that she is a true artist at heart. The Heat pendant debuted to rave reviews at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in February 2018.
The stunning light has a social conscious angle which we are proud to advocate. “Heat was created with a social agenda in mind,” Johanna explains. “With a goal to stimulate creativity among marginalized members of society, I teamed up with a local development agency to train local asylum seekers and unemployed migrants to manufacture Heat’s shade. They craft each lamp by hand, making each design as unique as the individual producing it.”