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In his youth, Magnus Wästberg followed his lighting manufacturing father on trips across Europe, visiting factories and listening to conversations about illumination with clients and suppliers. “Every time I went to see clients in their big offices, the lighting always made me feel poorly,” he recalls. “I had a strong sense that the way we do lighting doesn’t make us feel well.” So in 2008, when he decided to launch his own brand after a career detour as a management consultant, he knew exactly what kind of company it would be.

Magnus Wästberg regularly works with highcalibre designers, including David Chipperfield, whose W202 Halo is shown above.

“I wanted to create products,” he says, “that had the highest...

Magnus Wästberg: Lessons in Building a Lighting Brand

Magnus Wästberg’s eponymous label sits at the intersection of high technology and flawless design.

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