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.