Magnus Pettersen was born in Sarpsborg, Norway and came to the UK to study Product & Furniture Design at Kingston University and went on to do an MA in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins. Since graduating he has worked as a product designer for various studios and clients in London. Magnus Pettersen Studio - creating furniture, lighting and home accessories - was set up in 2010 in London. Pettersen's style is referred to as “industrial luxury” because opposites are a recurring feature in his work. He looks at how well different materials or colours merge in an interesting and functional way without prejudice. A good example of this is the Leimu table lamp designed for Iittala, with a sturdy concrete base and a fragile glass lampshade.