The Patera lamp has achieved classic status in no time at all. The modern take on the chandelier was designed by German designer Øivind Slaatto in collaboration with Louis Poulsen in 2015. Despite its common shape—round as the sun—the lamp catches the eye in the most amazing way. At the same time, it’s discreet, honest, and timeless. If you ask Slaatto, the perfect lamp requires no explanation. It tells its own story.

The lamp is available in three different sizes. With a diameter of 45 cm, the Patera 450 pendant is the ideal fit for dining tables as it doesn’t blind. With a diameter of 90 cm, the Patera 900 pendant truly comes into its own in rooms with high ceilings. The lovely geometric pattern is lit up by the light source at the centre, creating a magical expression and an even 360-degree glow.
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Patera pendant by Øivind Slaatto

Because the winters are dark and cold in Scandinavia, people prefer a warm and cosy glow. Designing a lamp isn’t just about bringing light into a room, but also about creating atmosphere and setting the mood. In Øivind Slaatto’s opinion, the perfect lamp has a natural expression and creates beautiful surroundings through both its design and the light it provides.

"My ultimate goal was to create a sort of three-dimensional Sudoku. It was an extremely complicated mathematical challenge. And Patera is actually the most complex lamp I’ve ever made. But with Patera, I’ve managed to create a modern chandelier with an almost poetic expression, in my opinion. I hope people will be inspired to move around it. I hope it’ll generate life." – Øivind Slaatto.

He loves Danish design and, in collaboration with Louis Poulsen, drew on Poul Henningsen’s principles for inspiration to create a comfortable light that doesn’t blind. The lamp is constructed in such a way that the light source illuminates every millimetre, but you can only see the source if you look straight up into the lamp. The lovely geometric shapes of the Patera pendant are inspired by the spiral pattern often found in nature known as the Fibonacci Sequence. It appears in the seed formations of sunflowers, pine cones, and dandelions. The sequence forms the basis of the golden ratio, which has proved important in connection with famous artistic works like the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci.
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