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.