Arne Jacobsen, Poul Henningsen, and other Lamp Designers
Flos Arco Floor Lamp
The Flos Arco Floor Lamp is an incontestable design icon. The lamp, which is composed of a heavy marble base that supports and counterweighs a large arched metal stem, was designed by Italian architect brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962 — their inspiration for the piece being street light design.
And yes, the hole at the center of the marble base is there for a purpose that goes beyond just aesthetics; the idea was to be able to stick something like a “broom handle” through it as so to make it easier to move around. Talking from experience, the marble base is much too heavy to move around the house simply with the use of two hands!
Flos Toio Limited Edition
Another renown design of the Castiglioni brothers is the Flos Toio Limited Edition floor lamp — a numbered series of 2,500 pieces were produced.
Designed in 1962, the lamp, which consists of a car headlight “playfully attached” to a metal stem body inspired by a fishing rod, “owes its name to the ironic distortion of the English word toy”. (Flos)
Louis Poulsen AJ Lamp
Arne Jacobsen was a Danish architect born and raised in Copenhagen. In 1957, Jacobsen designed the AJ Lamp for the SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.
In 1956, Danish master Jacobsen was given the opportunity to build ‘the world’s first design hotel’ — the twenty-two storey SAS Royal Hotel, Copenhagen — known all over the world as the hotel in which the architect designed every detail.” (The World’s First Design Hotel)
At that time, the AJ family comprised a table and a floor lamp as well as a wall lamp, a small table lamp and a table lamp that was designed to attach to the table. The AJ Lamp was used in several parts of the hotel, in copper and stainless steel. , It was originally available in light grey, dark brown and black like the AJ Pendant. New colours have since been introduced over the years in celebration of the series’ jubilees. (Louis Poulsen)
Louis Poulsen PH 5 Lamp
Danish designer Poul Henningsen was one of the leading figures of Danish design between the world wars — most renown for his PH lamp series of glare-free shaded lamps. Henningsen developed the PH 5 lamp model in 1958.
Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 in response to constant changes made to the shape and size of incandescent bulbs by bulb manufacturers, naming it after the size of the pendant’s main shade, which is 50 cm in diameter.
When the lamp was introduced, he wrote, typically daringly, about how he had lost faith that the manufacturers of incandescent light bulbs would ever learn to consider common sense or have the consumer’s best interests at heart: “I have accepted fate, and with Louis Poulsen´s permission I have designed a PH fixture, which can be used with any kind of light source, Christmas lights and 100 W metal filament bulbs. Although a fluorescent tube would be too much to ask in the existing form!” (Louis Poulsen)
Awa Brokis Pendant Lamp
A much more modern design — the Awa Brokis Pendant Lamp was designed and manufactured in 2019 by Japanese product designer Fumie Shibata for BROKIS, a Czech premium lighting brand that has been steadily gathering international recognition in the recent years.
A ball made from air wrapped in liquid is called “Awa” in Japanese.This design sprung from the idea of creating lighting that looks like soft glass which has retained its shape after being inflated. (Brokis)
PostKrisi T 40 Lamp
The PostKrisi T 40 Lamp is a masterpiece that was concepttualized and created by Italian designer Enzo Catellani, for Catellani&Smith, in 2012. While the fiberglass shade, often seen lined with gold colored leaf, is impressive on its own, what really interested Catellani was the shadow that the material casts it interacts with light.
The table lamp is available in fiberglass lined with gold colored leaf, as seen in the pictures here, as well as in figerglass lined with silver colored leaf and in hand painted white fiberglass.
Cloud Lamp by Apparatus Studio
Designed in 2012 by Apparatus Studio, the Cloud Lamp is a recent American design that is becoming more and more recognized and renown worldwide, along with the studio’s other magnificent lighting and furniture pieces.
Glass orbs are frosted by hand to create an irregular texture reminiscent of 19th century glass frosting techniques. Three central light sources emit a soft glow that is refracted through the surrounding cluster of orbs. (Apparatus Studio)
Other notable designs by the studio are the Highwire and Triad lamp series — both as incredible as the Cloud lamps!