A Light Whose Clever Drawstring Doubles Its Uses

Developed as a student project at Konstfack, the Greta can be a pendant or an ambient light.

Pendant lamps are generally static objects, waiting to be turned on and off with a flip of a switch or the pull of a cord. Not Greta, whose 22-inch-tall pleated shade can be cinched with a built-in drawstring to direct light up or down.

The interactive lamp is the work of Whatswhat, a trio of young designers--Karin Wallenbeck, John Astbury and Bengt Brummer--who met at Sweden’s Konstfack and created Greta as a class project. “The inspiration came from the concept of potential energy about movement and rest--how we can change not only the character of the lamp but also the light it emits through motion,” they tell Co.Design.

Greta is now produced with a plastic-laminated linen and available in six colors from Svenskt Tenn. Unfortunately, with a price tag of about $1,500, the lamp carries a premium for its two-in-one action.

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