Halo is a series consisting of a small and a large wall-mounted lamp fitted with a switch and an LED bulb. The small lamp is made in copper and stainless steel and has a black textile cord. The large lamp is made in stainless steel coated with car paint and has a bright orange cord. A ‘halo’ is the ring that appears around the sun during a total solar eclipse, and a solar eclipse was also Nina Bruun’s source of inspiration for the lamp series Halo. In practical terms, with Halo Bruun attempts to solve the problem that LED-light sources usually do not produce a pleasant light or colour tone. Thus, the solution and the challenge were to have the material of the lamp dictate the colour tone of the light by means of reflection. Because it has an LED-light source, the lamp can be mounted close to the wall with a depth of only 3,1 cm. Like a solar eclipse, Halo creates a very special atmosphere and identity in a room. In other words, the lamp holds the same kind of fascination as a solar eclipse, both due to the phenomenon in itself and due to the effect of the covered light source on its surroundings.
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b. 1983, Danish product and furniture designer
Nina Bruun graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, the Line of Furniture and Spatial Design in 2012. Bruun has seen her Nest chair included in the permanent collection at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Nest is also included in the exhibition Against the Grain at Mint Museum in North Carolina and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in 2012-13. Nina Bruun was awarded a grant from Sydform in 2010 and Bo Bedre’s “Lovende talent legat” (Promising talent grant) in 2012.
‘If it isn’t hard to do it won’t be good’– according to Nina Bruun it takes hard work to turn an idea and a creative impulse into a piece of furniture. She always begins by sketching or recreating a mood before shaping the actual product. Soon after she then begins to build models in all sorts of materials, depending on the product she is currently working on, for example a cardboard sofa or a plastic lamp. The modelling is normally done in a scale of 1:1 to achieve a sense of the proportions and expression of the design. Finally she creates a physical model in the intended material which undergoes thorough testing before the final design stage begins.
Nina Bruun’s products are characterized by tight aesthetics, often with a Japanese character and reflecting Bruun’s background in graphic design. In regard to both the end-result and the production process, particular priority is placed on the raw material and its quality, functional properties and ability to convey a sense of identity.