A table lamp is born
The story begins with New Works co-founder and CCO Knut Bendik Humlevik, who was on the hunt for new designs back in 2015. He had two design briefs for potential projects, and because he knew Lars Tornøe who shared his hometown, reaching out to him was a no-brainer. But when they met up, Tornøe showed him something he wasn’t expecting. ”Instead, Lars showed me Kizu, and I was sold on the spot’”
Knut Bendik Humlevik says.
Their collaboration began straight away, and Lars Tornøe started refining the design and perfecting its shape—a process that scrutinised materials, light sources, and the general expression of the lamp. As far as Lars Tornøe is concerned, this is an important part of the process that mustn’t be rushed: ”This phase takes the time it takes until I’m satisfied with a concept. Once the concept has been presented and approved, the project goes into a more technical phase focused on manufacturing, tweaking, and optimising”
At this stage, the iconic materials were chosen. These have gone on to become synonymous with Kizu, just like the iconic shape. Lars Tornøe explains that the choice of material was, in a way, obvious. The lamp’s shape and balance required a heavy base and a strong but light top to lower the lamp’s centre of gravity, which in turn stops it from falling over: ”The materials are driven by functionality and aesthetic. The base had to be heavy, and it has the perfect shape for working with stone. We wanted the lampshade to create a soft, diffuse light, and in the end, acrylic was the best option for manufacturing and strength.”
You know the end result—and when the original Kizu hit retailers’ shelves, it was with the same three marble shades that later became available in a smaller version. The same three shades can be seen on the portable model that has been added to the collection since. The only model that’s unique, so to speak, is the Unique Marble variant, which is only available from Lampmasters.Se Kizu Unique Marble her!