'Un' Ceiling Lamp in Brass by Paavo Tynell, Finland, 1950s For Sale
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'Un' Ceiling Lamp in Brass by Paavo Tynell, Finland, 1950s

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Decorative and iconic scandinavian ceiling light in brass. Designed and Paavo Tynell for Taito in 1950 and made in Norway on licence/permit by Arnold Wiig's Fabrikker from circa 1950s second half. This lamp is called the 'United Nations' model because in 1952 its was ordered and installed in the office of the UN general secretary. The lamp is fully working and in very good vintage condition with some minor age related surface wear. This lamp is made in Norway instead of Finland by Taito which mainly was the firm that made Tynell's lamps. The reason for this is that in the early 1950s and just coming out of the second world war the manufacturing industry in Norway was lagging behind its neighbors Sweden and Finland. There were few Industrial designers with a name on the international stage which would drive the sale and export of manufacturing articles. The Norwegian consumer was also lagging in purchasing power and high tariffs between national meant that any import from other countries would make the price of an imported 'design' item too expensive and a luxury in the norwegian market. It was therefore deiced by Arnold Wiigs Fabrikker who at that time was making modern lamps to purchase the production rights of Paavo Tynell lamps and make them in Norway from the Norwegian market. The UN lamp and model number 'J1965,' were made in Norway with slight modifications to taste. The Un Lamp has a slightly altered stem and while model 'J1965,' was also made in copper which was popular with consumer taste. This UN lamp has the exact dimensions and and the 'starry' perforation pattern to those made in Finland.

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 20.48 in. x Dm 21.66 in.H 52 cm x Dm 55 cm
  • Diameter
    21.66 in. (55 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Oslo, NO
  • Reference Number
    LU1540213064442
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