Hello! How are you? It’s nice to meet Niklas Jessen and Julia Mülling, the driving forces behind design brand Schneid. Founded in 2010 by Jessen, a trained carpenter and architect, and joined by Mülling in 2012, whose focus lies in photography, illustration and design, Schneid have developed a variety of lighting products with a strong focus on ecology, locality, innovation and fairness towards their people and environment. The brand stands for the Scandinavian way of thinking, designing with formal purity, functionality and a minimalist approach.
The Eikon lamp is a perfect example of this methodology, combining an industrial style with Scandinavian product tradition. Material arrangement is key to manage this balancing act, which can be seen through the use of wood and metal in the Eikon. The socket of the lamp constitutes its base, surrounded by ash, oak or bamboo wood. The textile cables and metal shade – attached with magnets – are available in a range of colours. This shade is removable and interchangeable, allowing for various installations and colour combinations, another versatile mix and match style product – we like these!
There are now varying models to play with too! The new “Basic” model is wider and appears more straightforward in its design. Accordingly, “Shell”, available in white, ice blue and bright yellow, lets the living space shine even brighter. “Shell” and “Basic” can be interchanged, making the Eikon even more versatile in terms of design and function.
Eikon “Bubble” is a silicone lampshade that is poured into an extraordinary shape. With its translucent visual appearance, it brings new aesthetic features to the lamp. Touching the soft and flexible shade will reveal the optical illusion that is initially created by the glass-like material.
The Eikon is a truly delicious product – excuse the pun, it does look like an ice cream to me! With a wooden cone and multiple pastel “flavours”, staring at the varying shades and colour combinations, it’s harder to decide which I prefer than what tasty scoop I would have from my local gelato parlour. Schneid have got it right, young entrepreneurial spirit combined with a lot of courage that will see their designs go far in the market – courage that can even be seen in their name (schneid haben is a German expression for “being bold”). The WIN team hope they continue to be bold and that we continue to see it in fun and innovative products!