Oliver and Ryan the Makers of SØKTAS
Oliver Höglund and Ryan Roberts are the creative minds behind SØKTAS, and the company’s inception began in Oslo, Norway where they first met.
Oliver focuses on creating and designing the unique pieces, while Ryan operates the business.
SØKTAS is a reflection of both their stories and visions. Oliver’s father and grandfather worked at the renowned Kosta Boda Glassworks in Sweden, and the craft has been passed down through the generations.
Tell us about your luminaires?
Molten hot glass shaped and blown by hand at around one thousand degrees celsius. A warped teardrop shape made with clear glass to dress an original filament bulb. The filaments shine and refract off the contours of the Vølt to give a unique one of a kind design. Quality clear glass shaped and formed by hand using unique free form techniques are used to create VØLT. Each pendant may have imperfections and slight flaws; these add personality and ensure that no two pieces are the same, giving you a truly unique piece for your space, handmade with love and passion in New Zealand.
What are your design influences?
Working with Swedish design and living in Norway has influenced our design ideas.
and what gets those creative juices flowing?
A lot of the creativity comes from working with the glass and trying new things in the studio. Its natural to be creative working with hot molten glass, Its an amazing material to work with.
What do you love about creative living?
Making functional art and having a strong passion for our work. Creating glass is a challenge which we really enjoy.
How does it make you feel to see your design shining brightly somewhere?
It feels great to see our lights installed in various settings. Meeting happy customers and clients makes all the hard work fun and rewarding.