by Joanna Laajisto , 2021
The serene shapes of the Ihana trace out a silhouette of light. This lighting system consists of several opal blown glass diffusers that are pleasing to the eye, appear ductile and contrast with the firmness of the metal structure that determines its shape and fastens it to the ceiling.
In an effort to offer ambient light for any classic or contemporary interior design project, this collection can be used to create light compositions. This is made possible by its structure, which can be extended to include 14 diffusers, connected to a single point of light. It is available in different sizes to illuminate spaces with high ceilings as well. In addition, the Ihana features dim to warm technology, which allows not only regulating the intensity of the light, but also its colour temperature, which can vary from a warm white (3000K) to an ultra warm white, simulating candle light (1800K).
Often, a design is born of necessity. Ihana, which means “exquisite” in Finnish, is one of them. Its creator, the architect Joanna Laajisto, moved her studio to a 19th century building in Helsinki and couldn’t find any lamps that fit in with her new office. In search of the beauty of light, she created a sculptural lamp defined by its pure, almost graphic forms, and by the balance between rigidity and fragility. Ihana is a synthesis of contrasts that combines contrasting colours, the black metallic structure and white diffusers, and nuances of old and new. A contemporary and timeless design made by its creator to endure over time and become part of those stories in which no one remembers what year it was designed.