The Norwegian postwar designer

The award-winning designer Birger Dahl (1916-1998) was a pioneer of contemporary Scandinavian lighting. The mid-century years were a formative period of his work, when he forged his signature style and launched a new vision of lighting design.

His design philosophy was upon; Design should appeal to ordinary people and not aimed towards a limited, wealthy elite. The design objects should be both functional, logical and honest, as well as accessible and affordable. The function is what creates the form of the design object. Strict geometric shapes, such as circles, cones and cylinders, was his building blocks and his signature, and what we have come to think of as classic Scandinavian design today.

Designed in the beginning of the 50’s and manufactured by the electronics company Sønnico, the lamp Birdy (1952) together with the pendant lamp Dokka (1954), was the first lamps from Norway to receive a Golden Medal award at the prestigious Triennale di Milano in 1954.  With it’s smooth contours, precise proportions and sleek enameled metal Dokka became one of the best-selling pendant lamps ever produced in Norway. During his formative years, Dahl produced several more design icons, among them the lamp collection Birdy from 1952.

This year, Northern Lighting launches a new version of Birdy to commemorate the centenary of Dahl’s birth in 1916. The new version in the colour marsala developed by Pantone, is still the same stylish light source for tables, sideboards and desks, but will be produced in a numbered series.