Plank – Pure and Simple, and Bellissima


I just saw this beautiful light from Northern Lighting in Norway — it’s called Plank.  Pretty simple, yeah?  It certainly is, but check out its elegance:

This is just such a stellar, stunning piece to me!  I love the raw, just regular ol’ 1X4 type design, it just says “I’M A LIGHT HEY HEY HEY I’M A LIGHT” and I think that is outstanding.  Something as subtle and brilliantly simple as this deserves a little attention, it’s very hip!  From the Northern Lights website:

Plank is a light fixture made out of pure, raw wood. Plank stems from a reference to the used and abused delivery pallet. Plentiful in function, this thin, long and simplistic pendant, wall and floor lamp series serves well to add directed or guided light to a defined space in a room. It further works well in providing a defined light strip down towards for example a table or a desk area. The dimmable LED light is placed in between the two main wooden planks, adding a high tech value to the object and ensuring sustainability and eco-friendliness in all of its character.

Play with Plank; place them together on a wall in a pattern, put a whole stack on the floor or fill the air with numerous repetitions of these wooden objects! And if you would like to add some colour to it — simply paint the wood!

The lamp series is available with rough cut light coloured poplar wood planks (type “populus adenopoda”) and with a more brown surfaced Kebony SYP (Southern yellow pine) wood from the Norwegian company Kebony as an alternative version. Both wooden materials choices have an unpolished expression with visible marks and traces from the production processes.


Frida Ottemo Fröberg and Marie-Louise Gustafsson, a design duo from Sweden, are the two that have come up with this lovely, very simplistic but outstanding piece of work.  I would certainly have a handful of these in my studio!

Meet the designers:

Frida Ottemo Fröberg (born 1976) has a master’s in interior architecture & furniture design from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Frida was first acknowledged at Salone Satellit in Milan 2006. A design reporter described her as ”one of those project hungry young designers who set out along her own course.” After gaining experience from various assignments in cities such as London and New York and numerous exhibitions around the world she set up the design studio Love Twice Design + Architecture in Stockholm, where she is now the owner and manager. Examples of her previous works include the rocking stool “Limpan” for the Swedish design producer Materia.

Marie-Louise Gustafsson (1967) has a master’s degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London. Besides that, she has studied design in Japan and Stockholm. Many of her designs have been exhibited worldwide. One of Marie-Louise’s many previous products that has received broad international attention is the urban bicycle basket Carrie produced by Design House Stockholm. Other assignments of hers include work for well-known players such as Nola, Eurobib and Lammhults Library Design. She currently works as a freelance designer in Stockholm, both with self—initiated projects and commissioned work.

Frieda’s work can be seen at, and Marie-Louise has her work at  Check them out!

Thanks to Northern Lighting, all product photos came from their wonderful website, so please give them some traffic!

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