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Ohm - A new grand porcelain luminaire family by Ifö Electric is launched at Stockholm Furniture &
Light Fair 2019.
 
Ohm is a new porcelain luminaire collection for indoor and outdoor use on walls, facades, ceilings and tables. The first grand collection by Ifö Electric in more than ten years, designed by Kauppi & Kauppi, is launched at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in February 2019. Inspired by old porcelain insulators, the soft curves and restrained silhouettes references the company’s legacy. The Ohm family includes the first table lamps in Ifö Electric´s century long history.
 
Ohm - a new luminaire collection
When the Swedish studio Kauppi & Kauppi designed the new Ohm collection, they wanted to celebrate the material, production and the century long heritage of Ifö Electric, Scandinavia’s only factory producing pressed porcelain.
 
“We were seduced by the fascinating soft shapes of insulators and connection boxes, some of the first explains one of the two designers Nina Kauppi.
 
The inspiration from industrial porcelain resulted in a collection of light fixtures for walls, ceilings and facades. In addition to Ifö Electric´s traditional range, they have also designed the first table lamp in the company’s history with the aim to enable a closer relationship to the luminaries. Contrary to the Ohm collection of fixtures for permanent installations, the added family member is designed for flexible use within an arm’s reach, on tables, next to a bed or in a window. “We had a desire to create a luminaire family with a restrained and friendly expression. In our minds we imagined an idea of a standard luminaire, naturally melting into different environments with the possibility to last aesthetically over time”, says the both designers of studio Kauppi & Kauppi.
 
The first launch of the Ohm collection contains two sizes of porcelain bases, in high gloss white or black glaze. Various glass shades create harmonic silhouettes with a short or high profile, in matt opal or clear glass. The main part of the collection, aimed for installations on walls, facades and in ceilings is IP44 classed, meaning that the fittings are water splash safe and can be used indoors in bathrooms as well as outdoors. There is a choice of different types of light sources such as LED modules, G9 or traditional E27 sockets, depending on the demand. If the needs change over time, the same already installed lightning fixture can be easily re-fitted with another type of light source. The Ohm table lamps are dimmable and IP20 classed, equipped with a wooden ash base and a textile cord with dimmer.
 
A century long history of porcelain manufacturing
Ifö Electric is well renowned for their porcelain production in the south of Sweden. The company history started in the beginning of the 1900s next to the island Ivö, where the Kaolin clay was excavated. The company has played an important role in the Swedish industrial history with its production of insulators, fuse links connection boxes, and durable porcelain luminaries. The lighting fixtures have become Scandinavian classics and can be found in many homes and institutions. Designs by Sigvard Bernadotte in the 60´s, Knud Holscher in the 80´s and Duoform in the 00´s - are still in use and still in production.
 
The unique press production technique of porcelain allows fine precision details, alongside outstanding durability and insulation - characteristics perfectly suited for electro technical products. A challenging technique, requiring great knowledge throughout all stages: construction, tooling and production - all phases are performed by skilled craftsmen. The fine tuning before starting the press is mandatory - like an orchestra tuning their instruments before a concert, the toolmaker goes over and puts together the press tool parts. Small clay grains containing 15% humidity are used in the process. A hydraulic press will create the entire fixture base, with all fine detailed threads and mounting holes, in a single stroke. The process of drying and high temperature firing the clay will shrink the base - with remained precision in all details. The result is a fantastic porcelain quality - neither wind, water nor strong sunlight will change the glazed surface.
 
“The aspect of time is something we have reflected over a lot in this project. We like to see our design process with Ohm as 'Slow Design' Construction, tooling and preparations for pressing porcelain takes time, but is also allowed to take time. The extensive efforts are made with a long term holistic perspective in mind. Once the products are done, they will exist and function over a great period of time. Porcelain luminaires will survive styles and trends with a potentially longer lifecycle than many buildings. A product with a long life is something that has always appealed to us. An aspect of the sustainability that ought to be more discussed”, says designer Johan Kauppi.
 
Producer: Ifö Electric / www.ifoelectric.com
Contact: Annika Bengtsson / annika.bengtsson(@)ifoelectric.com
Designers: Kauppi & Kauppi (Johan Kauppi and Nina Kauppi) / www.kauppikauppi.se
Contact: Nina Kauppi / press(@)kauppikauppi.se
 
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With its clear and simple design and excellent technical attributes, this luminaire blends harmoniously into many environments and provides superb quality contemporary lighting.

German Design Award för Opus 140/100

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We are proud to announce that Opus 140/100 has once again received a prestigious award, this time a Special mention in the German Design Award in the category Lighting.
 
“The German Design Awards are the international premier prize awarded by the German Design Council. Its goal: to discover, present, and honour unique trends in design. Every year, high calibre entries in the fields of product and communication design are honoured, each of which blazes new trails in the international design landscape. The German Design Awards, launched in 2012, are among the most prestigious design competitions worldwide and have an excellent reputation far beyond specialist circles.
 
The German Design Awards apply the highest standards in selecting the award winners. In an elaborate nomination process, panels of experts of the German Design Council nominate only products and communications design projects that demonstrably distinguish themselves by their design quality to participate in the competition.
 
The jury for the German Design Awards 2019 is composed of design experts from industry, academia and science as well as the design industry. All jury members are recognised experts in their fields.”
 
Read more here! www.german-design-award.com
The Awarded Opus 140 LED
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Shade Ø: 138 mm, matt opal
Colour: White, Grey, Black
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• Design: design quality, choice of materials, usability (universal design)
• Ecology: energy efficiency, sustainability (use of resources), durability
• Technology: innovation, function, technical quality and integrative ability
 
This year 222 products from 26 countries entered the competition.
Only 39 products were awarded and one of these was Opus 140 LED.
 
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in beautiful Åhus, in the middle of the village and right next to the river lies the old Åhus Gästgivaregård which is dating back to the early 18th century. In a unique project between Ateljé Lyktan and Åhus Gästis, as it is called by the locals, eight rooms have been rebuilt together with several other partners. Ifö Electric is one of them and provides all the lighting for the bathrooms. Lena Nyholm, interior designer, has created a feeling reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, where every door leads into a new world. Everything is replaced, but the old charm with visible beams and small nooks remains. Each bathroom has got carefully selected luminaries from us to fit in with the certain style in each room.

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As part of our product development, we have looked at our packaging and have done a major work of gradually replacing the old ones. Together with Smurfit Kappa, we have come up with a solution that not only provides an improved quality that we hope will give us less damage in transport, but also provides long-term savings and simplification in production. It turns out it became such a great solution that Smurfit Kappa wanted to write about it in its own newspaper.

Our luminaire series Ohm is one of the finalists in the AZ Awards 2019, awards.azuremagazine.com. We are so very happy and proud of both this and our collaboration with Kauppi & Kauppi, www.kauppikauppi.se which stands for the design of the entire Ohm series.

AZ Awards is an international architectural and design competition organized by Azure Magazine, www.azuremagazine.com Ohm is one of the four finalists in the Lighting Fixtures category and is in very good company. In total, the AZ Awards have 68 finalists in different categories, selected from 1175 applications from 50 countries. The winners will be announced at the AZ Awards gala held in Toronto, Canada, on Friday, June 21.

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The ScanStar-jury motivation to the award is: “The “Bright idea” is a packaging that makes it possible to transport heavy and brittle products together. In this case, it is a lamp consisting of a heavy ceramic socket and a crisp glass. When the jury took a first look at this solution the impression was that it was “nothing special” but with a closer look there was a change. It is a very simple solution, but a solution that solves several problems. The customer used to have ten pack sizes, with this solution three is enough. The packaging has a very rigid construction with “slot-in” inserts that divides it into sections. One other novelty is that the packages are packed lying down next each other in the transport box, avoiding a lot of stress. The result is a cost saving solution with less damages of the products transported and a better sustainability profile.”

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