DESIGN : Magnus Pettersen

Norwegian furniture and lighting designer Magnus Pettersen has a flair for combining unexpected materials - think smooth concrete with mouth-blown glass. For DesignFizz, I caught up with the designer at his Hackney base.

What’s in store for AW14? 

The Bell lamp, which is an exclusive to Heal’s. It’s the start of a great collaboration where the company is working with young designers in East London.


What do you love most about the design? 

The combination of the smoky glass and dark walnut - and the mood this brings to your home. This design is all about the reflection of light. The lamp has a diffuser inside, so you don’t actually see the light source.

Magnus's 'Bell' lamp designed exclusively for Heal's 

Magnus's 'Bell' lamp designed exclusively for Heal's 

How do you like to use lighting in your home?

I use a lot of freestanding lights - a combination of floor, table and wall lamps that can be controlled individually to create corners and moods.

 

What is your favourite design object?

I have the Flos MAYDAY lamp by Konstantin Grcic, which was the first designer object I bought when I was a student. For me, it’s an absolute piece of design. It’s very industrial in one way but at the same time it works in a home which isn’t necessarily filled with industrial design.

Konstantin Grcic's 'Mayday' light for Flos

Konstantin Grcic's 'Mayday' light for Flos

How would you sum up your style?

My style is heavily influenced by raw, industrial pieces but with a softer approach. It’s also probably a bit stereotypically Scandinavian in its shapes and production methods - but the use of colours and materials, less so.


Which designer has influenced you most?

I admire the work of Konstantin Grcic but in general, I love basic geometry and a modernistic approach to design.

 

What’s the most memorable place you’ve visited?

A place called Svalbard, which is a small island at the most northern tip of Norway. The nature is amazing. It’s basically just snow and ice and one of the few places that you can get close to polar bears. 

The 'Locker' bedside table made by Magnus Pettersen Studio in black ash and perforated aluminium.

The 'Locker' bedside table made by Magnus Pettersen Studio in black ash and perforated aluminium.

What’s your dream interior?

We’re renovating our home at the moment, so hopefully that will be it. In the future, an amazing place in the country would be nice. I love London but the countryside is appealing.

 

What social media do you use most? 

Instagram.

 

If you weren't a designer, what might you have been?

I like that design is in the middle of art and business where you are creating but at the same time, have to think about production budgets and whether people will actually buy the product. I can’t think of many other occupations where you get this to the same degree.  Maybe something to do with film. I wouldn’t know what role. 

Magnus’s Leimu lamps for Finnish glass company Iittala, where amber glass shades sit on concrete bases. 

Magnus’s Leimu lamps for Finnish glass company Iittala, where amber glass shades sit on concrete bases.