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Ohm by Kauppi & Kauppi

Kauppi & Kauppi designs Ohm - A grand porcelain luminaire collection for indoor and outdoor placements by Ifö Electric.

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.

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 products manufactured by the company. We wanted to bring these silhouettes back into the assortment by creating something new, carrying some of its identity. The fascination was not only a matter of aesthetic, the soft shape proved to be highly functional for both bases and glass with great ability to diffuse light”, 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. 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 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 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.

For more information contact:
Annika Bengtsson
+46 765266501 / annika.bengtsson@ifoelectric.com