The designer lamps from Secto have been praised to the heavens, but they were born from a genuine need for the innovative use of wood and thorough craftsmanship.
The partnership between Secto Design and the recent design graduate Seppo Koho began in 1995, when Tuulu Juselius was on the lookout for a designer willing to work with the young company that specialised in manufacturing furniture from glulam – glued laminated timber. They hit it off immediately and didn’t doubt for a second that their objectives were similar.
The demand for lighting made of wood illumination in the creation of the Secto pendant, which has since become the backbone of the company’s product line.
Seppo Koho created the first prototypes himself, but the actual manufacturing processes that followed were a different story. It wasn’t until they found carpenter Heikki Saastamoinen from Heinola, Finland that the company developed methods and techniques that allowed it to begin mass production of its products.
The popular Octo pendant—and all the others
Furniture production continued into the 90s, but stopped entirely when it became necessary to start focusing on a new approach to the collection of core products. Seppo Koho had developed the Octo, Victo, Puncto, Kontro, Owalo and Aspiro lamps. Octo is without a doubt the most popular lamp in the collection and there are plenty of awards to prove it. The lamp can be found in homes all around the world.
True Finnish designer lamps
The Secto shades are made in Finland and PEFC-certified. They are made from Finnish birch veneer of the highest quality. Once the wood is ready it is carved into slats and these slats are then sanded and put together using rings of cross veneers, which are typically used in aerospace engineering. The slats are glued and nailed to the rings. Finally, the lamps undergo a thorough check before being shipped.
Secto lamps are simple and interesting in their shape and equipped with a shielded light that provides a warm and cosy glow without any danger of glare.
The environment is a major consideration when it comes to production methods and the lamps are intended to use as little energy as possible, so the company is always looking out for more efficient bulbs. The birch from which the lamps are manufactured comes from central Finland, which ensures that it never has to travel far from forest to factory. During the manufacturing process, the company makes every effort to reuse and recycle materials. Amongst other things, sawdust is used to make wooden pellets for heating.
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