Ruthless exploitation caused greater stress on humans.
Electricity further increased the level of stress, now we could work around the clock.
With flood light lamps in the office ceilings, powerlessness picked up.
The feeling of powerlessness put an end to the lively discussions around the fire.
The once promising period Holocene gave way to Anthropocene and a newly established Swedish lighting company realised that something must be done: A monumental systemic failure prevailed. The personal spheres of man must be restored. Lamps should not eat away at people from above, but spread well-being close to people. Wästberg, as the company was called, collaborated with some of the world’s leading designers to create lamps, as beautiful as technically perfect and energy efficient. Eventually, the rest of the world started to realise the extent of the systemic failure. Also, the cure.
After barely a decade of activity, Wästberg decided to take another step back in history – and launch light sources not requiring electricity. Once again, some of the world’s leading designers were invited. The name of the light sources was clear. Holocene can be seen as a tribute to fire.