Silje Nesdal is an Oslo-based designer who grew up among the fjords of western Norway, a region known for its long traditions in the wool, woodwork and furniture industries. She holds an MA in furniture design and interior architecture from Bergen Academy of Art and Design and Alvar Aalto University in Helsinki, and has spent time in Japan working in both fashion design and architecture. Nesdal’s practice is influenced by her diverse, interdisciplinary background, and her works are often inspired by the techniques and traditions observed on her travels. Through research, modelling and testing, she strives to create simple, subtle forms and sustainable objects that last. The modular and multifunctional furniture that resulted from her research into compact living won her ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at RAFF design week in Bergen.
At 100% Norway, Nesdal presents her new prototype, the SLING pendant lamp – the result of her attempt to create the simplest, cleanest pendant possible. To achieve this, she has made the light source itself into the structural element responsible for carrying the shade. A simple sphere of hand-blown glass forms the shade, focusing attention on the light source itself. The lamp is mounted by simply turning the fluorescent tube into a vertical position and sliding it into the shade.