Is it possible to create new design? Asks Zero
Lighting. Yes it is, if you are inspired by your heart. Our hearts have grown up in the gloomy darkness of the Scandinavian
winter and in the brilliant sunshine of the Scandinavian summer.
A double life that involves us in a complicated love affair
with light and shadow, darkness and shape. This double life
creates a fantastic spawning ground for functional design,
combined with emotion.
When Zero was set up in 1978, the founders had much experience – in
the use of glass. This experience lead them to leave glass
for a while – and start to make lampshades from sheet
metal instead. Börge Lindau, the designer, was attracted
by the daring idea and began a long-term involvement.
Having somewhat limited resources in the beginning, Börge
felt that the choice of material for the first lamps was very
important, so that the lamps would be perceived as being new,
and attract publicity for their innovative design. So he suggested
that a suitable material would be perforated sheet metal, and
the decision was finalized. The choice of material then achieved
such a success that for the first ten years, almost all the
product range consisted of lampshades of all shapes and sizes,
made from a variety of types of perforated sheet metal.
Slowly but surely, Zero began to expand and they moved their
operations from the garage where they started, to an industrial
unit in central Nybro, Sweden. Now there was plenty of space
for the company which, after a few years, began to grow at
an increasing rate. When Börge phased out his involvement
to devote time to Blå Station, his own furniture company,
Zero initiated their long-term and fruitful collaboration with
another designer, Per Sundstedt. Per got tired of sheet metal
and wanted to start designing glass lampshades. The time was
right, and Zero’s product range is now dominated by various
glass lampshades, many designed by Per Sundstedt, with contributions
from other exciting Scandinavian designers such as Thomas Bernstrand,
Mattias Ståhlbom, Fredrik Mattson, the Front design group,
Mia Gammelgaard etc.