Liv comes to life...
More than 15 years have passed since Klong began selling the Liv lamp, designed by the well-renowned designer and architect Jonas Bohlin. At Klong Liv has become a loyal favourite that appears to never go out of style. Perhaps the secret is that it is just as modern as it is classic? Now it is time to put Liv in the limelight and tell the thrilling story of how it came to life.
In the beginning the Liv lamp was part of an entire collection of furniture all carrying the same name. It all began on a trip that Jonas Bohlin went on in the summer of 1994. It was no usual trip, but a rowing trip from Stockholm to Paris. To help him on this journey he had 53 friends and four pairs of oars in an open longboat called LIV. The three letters partly stands for the Latin number for 54, ie the number of travelers. In addition, it is a symbol of conception and birth, according to the numerical symbolism of numerology.
Jonas Bohlin recalls
“I was in Cologne for the furniture fair. I was in search for a flash for my camera so I went in to town. Everywhere there were festival clothes. I did not find a flash but ended up buying a tulle skirt. The cab driver thought a was headed for a transvestite club.
My wife didn't like the tulle much so I took it the the office. There it hang, full of dreams about life and light. And that is how it eventually became a lamp and another self-portrait yet again. It is just as much me as the concrete chair. Yes, laugh if you want to, but it is true, I am just as much of both".