by Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home
Determined to make this autumn and winter as cosy as possible, I've added some new lights to our little backyard. After all, once the sun sets, it becomes very dark, very early, very quickly, and there's nothing like the warm glow of lights to lift your spirits! These beautiful ReUse light chains are from Pernille Bülow - a small atelier on the Danish island of Bornholm. Regular readers will know that Pernille Bülow is a big favourite of mine and I have SO many beautiful handmade pieces from this atelier around my home (including SKY lamps and Odin tableware). But there's something EXTRA special about these outdoor ReUse light chains, and the clue is in the name. Read on to discover more!
True to Pernille Bulow style, each of the 9 pendants are mouth blown and handmade in the workshop in Svaneke, Bornholm (if you're ever on the island, you must pay a visit - I love the shop!). This means that each glass light is ever so slightly unique - one of the wonderful hallmarks of handmade pieces.
I used two sets in our little back yard to create a little extra glow (the chains are three metres long and attachable, so you can easily string together as many sets of lights as you wish which is really handy).
Best of all? The ReUse collection is made of waste from Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company that has large amounts of excess borosilicate glass from their diabetes drug production. Rather than going to waste, Pernille Bülow remelts and moulds the glass into beautiful objects, including these ReUse light chains and a pendant lamp!
The light chain also come with 9 2 W energy optimised LED bulbs which are CE marked.
In order to really put them to the test, I invited a few friends over from the neighbourhood for an autumn evening alfresco - (any excuse!).
It was a bit of a 'knytkalas' - where everyone (including my dear friend Ullis - above - and interior designer Jessica Ward - below) brought whatever they had in their fridge and wine cabinet!
We had such a mysig (cosy) evening under the warm glow of the lights - even if coats were a must! Brrrr!
Roll on more autumn evenings al fresco! And even when it's time to move indoors, we'll still enjoy the twinkle through the window!
If you'd love these lights for your outdoor space, the ReUse light chain is available to pre-order here - and will be available from mid-November. There's a list of countries Pernille Bülow ships to here.
I'm curious - can you still sit outside in the evenings in your country?
Wishing you a great day!