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A sensation of ice and light, of heat and chill. Harri Koskinen plays with contrasts and the archetypes of modern society in his Block Lamp, which became a design classic as soon as it was launched in 1996.

The idea for the Block Lamp was born during a workshop at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The students were given an assignment to design a gift for a wedding. ”I had this simple form that I wanted to cast in glass, and got the idea to ’wrap’ something into the glass. I first tried a couple of snaps glasses, but then the same thing happened like always when I’m in the design process – at a subconscious level I started reducing.” 

The Block Lamp has been showered with design awards ever since, including: Excellent Swedish Design in 1998, the Design Plus Award at the Ambiente Trade Fair in Frankfurt, as well as Best New Product at the accent show in New York in 1999. The lamp became part of MoMA’s permanent collection in 2000. Last year Harri received the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, Scandinavia’s most prominent design award.

Block Lamp

Block Lamp

by Design House Stockholm

Regular price $148.00 USD
Regular price $185.00 USD Sale price $148.00 USD
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Technical Information

Dimensions:-
Block Lamp - Width: 16 cm, Depth: 10 cm, Height: 9 cm. E14 LED bulb is included.

Mini Block Lamp - Width: 12 cm, Depth: 7.5 cm, Height: 7 cm. LED Bulb is included.

Supplied with fitted EU 2-pin plug.

Materials/Construction

Casted glass block in two parts with a textile cord.
The Mini Block Lamp comes with a black plastic cord.

A sensation of ice and light, of heat and chill. Harri Koskinen plays with contrasts and the archetypes of modern society in his Block Lamp, which became a design classic as soon as it was launched in 1996.

The idea for the Block Lamp was born during a workshop at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The students were given an assignment to design a gift for a wedding. ”I had this simple form that I wanted to cast in glass, and got the idea to ’wrap’ something into the glass. I first tried a couple of snaps glasses, but then the same thing happened like always when I’m in the design process – at a subconscious level I started reducing.” 

The Block Lamp has been showered with design awards ever since, including: Excellent Swedish Design in 1998, the Design Plus Award at the Ambiente Trade Fair in Frankfurt, as well as Best New Product at the accent show in New York in 1999. The lamp became part of MoMA’s permanent collection in 2000. Last year Harri received the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, Scandinavia’s most prominent design award.

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    C.M. (Manchester, GB)
    Design classic, but could have a better fitting

    Looks and feels wonderful, but the fitting and bulb feel a bit cheap for such a famous product. I think it used to be incandescent; it feels as though the fitting was changed recently for one of far cheaper build quality.

    Luckily, the fitting is easily replaced because it's completely separate from the rest of the product. We haven't changed ours yet, but in the interim we've used a Phillips Hue e14 Lustre bulb in ours (the one that comes with it is cold and rattles around, not good). The new bulb is a warmer light and really improves the feel of the block lamp (as well as being dimmable).

    So, you won't regret buying this, but I would say it's let down by the cheap fitting.