Thorvaldsens Museum is Denmark's first museum building with its opening in 1848 - it lies at the center of Copenhagen and is one of the country's most beautiful buildings. This title comes with some challenges regarding the lighting and electric infrastructure present in the building.
Alva was commissioned to design a bespoke light fixture that could complement the existing lighting while respecting the architecture of the listed building. The aim was to create a fixture that could be moved in-between rooms or space, highlight the art on the museum, reveal the architecture, support exhibitions and dissemination and that could be used during events or workshops.
The proposed design for the fixture cycles around these three thoughts:
- The way one uses it is determined by the space and needs;
- The space can be transformed by its use;
- The way the fixture looks its defined by the space;
Bertel is a modular and movable floor lamp - its concept and form were extrapolated from the definition of the museum's lighting needs and spatial requirements.
It is not a decorative object nor a work of art, Bertel is designed to be discreet and its purpose is to highlight the architecture, the art collection and content dissemination.
Consciously conceived, having in mind maximum use and minimum impact on the environment, Bertel is designed to work with retrofit LED bulbs instead of an integrated LED board (which imposes an expiration date) allowing for easy replacement and therefore extending the fixture lifespan. Furthermore, the modular design of the the electronic components make the fixture easily repairable and customisable in the future.
Bertel is designed to be easily transported between spaces - the fixture can be assembled or disassembled via a screwing mechanism on its basis. This modularity provides also a convenient and efficient way of being stored until its next use.