Hella Hernberg (FIN) with “BOL”

May 17, 2010

BOL: from useless to useful

The Bol lamp is made of carefully selected old fabrics with the light showing their patterns and texture, and evoking memories and images. Each lamp is characterised by the fabric details: summerhouse curtains, grandmother’s embroidery, or old tablecloths saved from the attic. The structure of Bol allows variations in size, textile patterns and colour. The basic sizes are Ø38 cm and Ø48 cm. Bol supports the use of an energy saving bulb with a normal E27 base. Bol lampshades are made by hand in Helsinki. Main challenge for the future is to develop local and ethical production in new locations, thus minimizing the need for long distance transportation.

What does sustainability mean for me as a designer?

I’m inspired by reuse: turning unused or worthless materials, or spaces, into something new and valuable. I also focus on issues of social sustainability and local production. In the end the whole life cycle of a product is important.

What does sustainability mean for me as a consumer?

Appreciating quality instead of quantity. Many basic habits, like riding the bike and interest in local and seasonal food, are natural choices that I’ve grown into. I do have bad habits too, like flying at times.

What does sustainability mean for me in general?

I think sustainable thinking can lead to better quality of living. Leaving out a lot of extra fuss and unnecessary things gives time and energy to enjoy the most essential, simple things in life……………….

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Hella Hernberg
+ 358 (0) 50 3779703
hella@hellahernberg.com
http://www.hellahernberg.com/