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Bright Spark: Johanna Grawunder

Posted on March 09 2017

"Architecture is basically a mechanism for distributing natural light: when I work with artificial light it’s a way to make the architecture live after the sun goes down, and most architects don’t think about that" - Johanna Grawunder

Dividing her time between the Italian city of Milan and the American city of San Francisco, Johanna Grawunder is a designer and architect with a universal appeal.

Born in San Diego, California, the artist attended and graduated from California Politecnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture. Having completed the final year of her studies in Florence, Italy, Grawunder then moved to Milan.

Since then, she has worked on a vast range of projects and scales. From architecture and interiors to furniture and lights for various galleries across Europe and the USA, her designs have achieved international acclaim. In 2001 the designer opened her own studio, with bases in both Milan and San Francisco.

A lot of the designs Grawunder creates embody an abstract minimalism, a bold simplicity that's as refreshingly crisp as it is welcoming for use. It's this nature of her work that drew her together with Flos Lighting, with who she created the Wan light.

It's an ideal match. Both Johanna Grawunder and Flos Lighting strive to place a sense of contemporary majesty in the everyday through the products they create - something that showcases both character and classy design.

To celebrate International Women's Day (on Wednesday 8th March), all our blog posts this week will be celebrating female designers in the world of lighting. Read more here.