Danish Hygge (pronounced hue-ga) may be difficult to define, but it’s easy to understand. The lifestyle word of the moment, roughly translated to mean “creating a warm atmosphere,” is a long-established staple of the Scandinavian lifestyle. Surround yourself with friends, family, and elements that impart a happy spirit — candles and a soft blanket are hygge, as is sipping wine with friends by the fire on a chilly day. Pair this with the culture’s well-known affinity for simple, functional, beautiful, design, you have the JWDA Lamp for Menu.
Swedish architect and designer Jonas Wagell drew inspiration from the traditional oil lamp, providing light and ambiance, but updated with a simple silhouette. “When designing products and furniture I am mainly concerned about creating products with good proportions and refined form and to create objects that will work and be relevant for many years,” the artist recently said in an interview with a furniture publication. “I always try to reduce details and search for the essence of a form or concept.” Crafted with straightforward materials, the concrete base and metal dimmer knob contrast beautifully with the delicate glass dome, while standing a modest 11.4 inches, the lamp injects a cozy glow from a bedside table or office desk.
With a background in interior architecture and furniture design, Wagell founded his Stockholm-based studio in 2008. Today, his designs can be seen around the globe, including Denmark’s Menu. The Danish company aims to “make beautiful objects for everyday use,” collaborating with designers and craftspeople all over the world. Wagell’s JWDA lamp is in good company, alongside a striking glass tea kettle and other typically mundane household products elevated to objects of art.
With its simple, beautiful aesthetic, the JWDA lamp will inject a little hygge into your home, with or without the crackling fire and chunky wool blanket. Shop the JWDA lamp, (starting at $149.95) for Menu on Spring!