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Improving a soundscape is easy. Doing it with style is the hard part.
With Holly, Homstvedt and Klock have challenged preconceptions of how an acoustic lighting should look.
Holly is sculptural and enigmatic. It plays with the contrasts between light, reflection and shadows. Holly is an aesthetic and functional entity in which acoustics and lighting are equally important. Holly strikes a perfect aesthetic balance between the two functions.
“An awful lot of acoustic lamps are easy to identify as acoustic products. They’re very much alike. It’s reminiscent of the early hybrid electric vehicles. You could tell right away that they were HEVs simply by their outer shape. It’s the same with acoustic lighting. Runa and I approached the concept from a different angle. Our ambition was to create a beautiful object that also happens to be really functional,” says one of the designer Hallgeir Homstvedt.
Holly awakens thoughts and associations that might soar to the Moon or the Sun. But the designers’ source of inspiration was rather more down to earth.
“We were thinking of holly and its beautiful berry clusters. Our working name for it was Holly, as well,” – says designer Runa Klock.
Holly is available in two versions: a vertical one suitable for lobbies and other high-ceiling spaces, as well as in corners for increased acoustic effect; and a horizontal one that can be suspended over large tables in, for example, restaurants, bars, and workspaces.
Holly acoustic lighting is sculptural and enigmatic. It plays with the contrasts between light, reflection and shadows.
Holly is neither a lamp with acoustic properties nor an acoustic furniture piece equipped with lighting. None of its practical features is paramount.