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Helena Tynell in 1965


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Bubble Glass Pendant Light


Materials: Amber crystal glass, gold painted metal, porcelain socket.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Diameter: ∅ 16 cm / 5.90”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt max, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Helena Tynell (1918-2016).

Manufacturer: Glashütte Limburg, Limburg an der Lahn, Germany.

Other versions: Made in several sizes and models. Theses bubble lamps were made as pedant lights, table lamps, wall lamps, floor lamps and ceiling lights.

Glashütte Limburg is a member of the Bega group. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting.

Hellin Helena Tynell, born as Helena Turpeinen on December 10, 1918 in Äänekoski, Finland. She died January 18, 2016 in Tuusula, also in Finland.

Tynell graduated in 1943 from the Central School of Arts and Crafts (Taideteollisuuskeskuskoulu) in Helsinki.

Between 1943-46 she worked with ceramics design in Arabia Oy.
Parallel to this, and until 1953, she also worked with lighting at Taito Oy. Between 1946 and 1976, she was one of the most influential designers in the Riihimäki Lasi – Riihimaen Lasi Oy glass factory.

Tynell also freelanced for companies as Flygsfors glassworks, Bega Leuchten and Glashütte Limburg both in Germany and Fostoria Glass in the United States.

She was married to the designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973).

Often said that she designed these lamps together with Heinrich-Johannes Gantenbrink, but he and his family are the owners of the Glashütte Limburg company.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Helena Tynell on Wikipedia (only in Suomi (2017))

Glashütte Limburg website

Bega website

Bega North America website

Glashütte Limburg lights on Vintageinfo

Helena Tynell Ceiling Light or Wall Light on Vintageinfo

Riihimaen Lasi Oy – Riihimaki Glass “Pala” vases by Helena Tynell

Helena Tynell Pala Vases Riihimaen Lasi Oy

Many thanks to Marjan from Vintage Drachten for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.