Holger Strøm


Since the late sixties, Holger Strøm has worked primarily in the field of corrugated card packaging design.

As well as packaging, he has also designed exhibition systems, furniture and toys, all manufactured from corrugated card, and has worked on the development of parametric CAD systems for box design.

In 1973 Holger designed the now world famous IQlight® system, a self assembly lighting concept made up of interlocking quadrilaterals, making it possible to create lamps of various shapes and sizes only by linking together the identical elements.

He lives with his wife near Copenhagen, Denmark, where he runs a small packaging design studio.

Designs: IQlight® lighting system (1973)

At Kilkenny Design Workshops Holger Strøm was originally asked to create a modular construction for a cylindrical and a spherical lamp, both to appear to be the same size, to be used in a Christmas display.

Holger explains:
»I constructed them from triangular modules, which I glued together, and by using an equal number of modules for the sphere and the cylinder, they did actually appear to be the same size. It was just a Christmas decoration, but I couldn´t completely forget the idea. I wanted to make it with a mechanical assembly system, and with identical modules.«

»I used a rhomboid shape because, of the classic geometric shapes, it´s one that can give a most round form. I also realised that by giving the module a curl on each corner I could hook them together, but the result was a bit loose and floppy. So I lengthened the top and bottom of the rhombus, that gave them tension when they were hooked together, and it was that tension I needed for the lamp to hold together.«

Holger Strøm