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The Swedish Lighting Award 2016

ÅF Lighting wins the Swedish Lighting Award for King’s office in Stockholm.

The prestigious Swedish Lighting Award has been awarded to ÅF Lighting for King’s new Stockholm offices.

When social game developer King commissioned a new Stockholm workplace, ÅF Lighting was granted full responsibility for the element of lighting design, in collaboration with interior designers Adolfsson & Partners. In spite of a tight time schedule, the project was successful, and last night, the team was awarded this year’s Swedish Lighting Award for its work.

The workplace, located on Kungsgatan 36 in central Stockholm, features an indoor forest with light and sounds which change with the seasons, lighting and interior design characterized by visual attraction and comfort, and a range of spaces designed to encourage creativity.

The jury praised “the inspiring visual interplay between lighting and interior design, creating excellent conditions for creative work” and claimed that the winners had managed to “blur the lines between fiction and real life”.

“To step into this office is an extraordinary experience”, said one of the jury members. “It is like coming onto a stage and suddenly becoming part of the choreography.”

Accepting the award at a ceremony at Berns Salonger in Stockholm on September 6 2016, the winning team praised the close cooperation and transparency between the parties involved.

“Many factors contributed to the success of this project. The most important ones were an end user with clear views and an interior designer with great visions”, said project manager and lighting designer Martin Petersson.

Concept designer Tobias Olsson was equally enthusiastic:
“Best of all is that we have created an environment which affects so many people in a positive way. That’s one of the main reasons why working with light is so rewarding.”

Kai Piippo, who is Head of Design at ÅF Lighting, perceives a clear trend towards more human-centric workplaces:
“Offices are definitely becoming more varied and tailored to the needs of employees. Winning this award tells us that we are doing the right things. We’re heading for the future”.

This is the 12th major lighting design award ÅF Lighting has received since the lighting firm was founded in 2011. Once again great teamwork and professionalism has created an impressive project, which proves that the hard work of developing an international lighting design office, with a strong focus on high quality, has been worthwhile.

Photo: Joachim Belaieff / Adolfsson & Partners, Johan Kindbom