At ÅF Lighting we have developed our own definition of and approach to working with lighting – a concept that we call New Nordic Lighting. This approach pervades all of our work and establishes the framework for the projects we perform. We have put these ideas together in the form of a manifesto to give lighting solutions conceived on the basis of this Nordic perspective a new and stronger identity, and to underline our commitment to create well thought-out solutions that set new standards in quality.
New Nordic Lighting
1) We will always create lighting solutions that focus firmly on the lives and needs of the people who use them
2) We will communicate and promote the distinctive aesthetic values and the perceptions of high quality that are typically associated with Nordic concepts of light and lighting
3) We will increase people’s awareness of the power that lighting has to create an identity and of the great potential that lighting has to shape our surroundings after nightfall.
4) We will combine classic Nordic virtues such as authenticity, stringency and natural simplicity with inspiration from modern forms of visual expression.
5) We will adopt a holistic approach to lighting, factoring the demands of function, aesthetics and respect for the environment into the carefully balanced solution we propose for every project
6) We will develop intelligent responses to the environmental challenges that face the planet, eliminating the risk that the desire to save energy results in uncomfortable or uninspiring lighting solutions
7) We will encourage the development of luminaires that match design to the underlying needs – not vice versa
8) We will use a raft of targeted activities to promote a greater professional understanding of lighting solutions based on the Nordic way of thinking
9) We will work to ensure that, in all our planning and design work, we always take into account the complex matrix of parameters that is the hallmark of a successful lighting system
10) We will invite all those who work with lighting in the Nordic countries to collaborate with us in discussing the best ways in which to develop and promote Nordic lighting in the future