The work of designer John Pawson is hardly unfamiliar to Minimalissimo, although perhaps surprisingly, we are not celebrating minimalism in architectural design, but rather a recent product design—the Holocene No.4 Oil Lamp.
Designed for indoor and outdoor use, the oil lamp for Holocene takes the notion of the storm lantern and reduces it to its essence in terms of function, form, and palette, as a container for fire, with the means to carry or suspend. Crucible-like in profile, the lantern is fabricated in stainless steel and aluminium, with matte exterior surfaces and a polished internal core, to reflect and amplify the flame.
The lamp is the fourth addition to Swedish lighting company Wästberg’s Holecone collection. This collection sees a number of light sources not requiring electricity. First launched by Wästberg in 2017, three Holocene’s have launched thus far, developed in collaboration with Ilse Crawford, David Chipperfield, and Jasper Morrison.
Holocene Oil Lamp (No.4) measures W155 x H435mm and has been deliberately scaled to feel comfortable in a range of environments. Used on its own or grouped in clusters, the versatile and minimalist lamp looks great on a dining table or a window sill, standing on the floor, or hanging from a wall.