On one of the many small islands in the Stockholm archipelago stands a house that offers the perfect light for every season. The large windows let in a lot of sunlight from outside and connect the nature of the surroundings with the interior. In the dark Nordic winter, the various luminaires from Occhio replace the daylight. This creates an atmosphere that makes the house a cozy home at all times.
Theresa Höghammar and Dennis Lundell had long dreamed of a summer house in the Stockholm archipelago. When they finally found the right property, it became their year-round home. The house’s large windows aren’t exactly a tradition in Sweden – but they make the residents feel like they’re outside, even when they’re sitting in the living room. Thanks to natural materials, as well as the color temperature of the light, the house blends seamlessly into the landscape. The reduced design of the luminaires in black and white matt harmonizes perfectly with the Scandinavian-grounded interior of the house. “The lighting design actually started even before the house was planned. We had already lived here for two years before the new house was built and spent much time understanding the sun, the wind and the different temperatures. The location, the windows and the lighting system were planned very carefully,” recalls Dennis Lundell about the creation of the house.
When winter comes and there is little daylight in the north, they individually set up different light scenes of the Occhio luminaires in the house to replace the natural light. In the smart home system, they are linked to the settings of the rest of the furnishings, such as the curtains and blinds – and adapt perfectly to the prevailing daylight. When the natural light fades, the luminaires in the house create a homey warmth and presence. For example, the Sento vertical wall lights in white matte above the sofa cast interesting patterns on the living room wall, creating a pleasant atmosphere. “Our winter here is very dark, on some days you only have one or two hours of daylight. So to make the house feel like home, artificial light is particularly important,” Theresa Höghammer emphasizes the importance of a homely lighting atmosphere.
In the dark Scandinavian winter, Mito raggio in gold matt and Mito largo in Phantom Stage provide unique lighting experiences in various living spaces. These fixtures can be conveniently adjusted to meet individual needs through gestures or a smart home system, creating small islands of peaceful and comfortable lighting.
Above the spacious dining table are two suspended Sento lights in white matt float, enhancing the minimalist interior with oak wood and natural colors. These pendant lights are adaptable to different situations, allowing for a range of lighting scenarios with both uplight and downlight through gesture control. “When we moved into the house, I showed our two daughters – then six and eight years old – how the gesture control of the luminaires worked,” recalls Dennis Lundell. “They used to climb up on the dining room table afterwards and spend minutes adjusting the lights. It was great to see how playfully and intuitively they controlled the light.”
In the kitchen, a Mito volo in white matt above the kitchen unit completes the house’s perfect lighting design. This pendant light, with its simple, distinctive design and advanced functionality, is an evolution of the iconic Mito luminaire family. It can be individually adjusted in height for different occasions and is also easily controlled for brightness and color temperature using gestures.