The Norwegian manufacturer Northern was founded in Oslo in 2005, initially as a lighting specialist but more recently with a broad design portfolio which ably demonstrates that Norwegian design has also earned its place in the Scandinavian design tradition. The manufacturer draws its inspiration from Scandinavian nature, culture and society and experiments a lot with the properties of natural light; consequently the light designs from Northern produce natural light for a variety of moods, moments and spaces. Atmospheric lamps such as Acorn and Birdy are inspired by nature, while Me remain classically Scandinavian simple. Northern works with a roster of international designers, from young talents to long-established designers. The success of the concept of Northern speaks for itself: the company is now represented in more than 30 countries. The shortened name reflects the company's new expanded product portfolio intentions to move into new fields.