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Vanja Sorbon Malmsten's lampshades are giving us a new leaf on light

By Josefin Forsberg
Lamps by Malmsten

Photo: Christoffer Dalkarls

These signature lampshades are a beautiful show of delicate and sustainable craftsmanship

Artisanal furniture design runs in Vanja Sorbon Malmsten's blood. The granddaughter of Carl Malmsten, she grew up spending her free time in the renowned furniture designer's basement workshop. “We were always very close friends,” she says. “He was an extraordinary man.” Sorbon Malmsten joined her grandfather full-time in his atelier in 2008, taking over the creation of the family's signature lampshades. “It was actually Siv, my grandma, who started making them at the end of the 1950s,” she says.