Jacob Eiler Bang Pendant Lamps
Materials: Turquoise and opaque crystal hand blown glass. White glass on the inside (incamiciato). Bakelite sockets.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 41 cm / 16.14”
Width: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a white/opaque or frosted bulb.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jacob Eiler Bang (1899 – 1965).
Manufacturer: Fog & Mørup with Holmegaard, Denmark.
Other versions: These lamps were made in several colours. The first colours were turquoise, opaque, coral and night blue.
Incamiciato: overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass. It’s an Italian word. The technique was invented on the Murano Island of Venice.
These pendant lamps were designed by Jacob Eiler Bang in 1963 for Fog & Mørup, a short while before he died. Holmegaard, another Danish company specialized in glass objects, produced the glass for Fog & Mørup.
Fog & Mørup
Ansgar Fog (1880-1930) and Erik Mørup (1879-1972) started their business together in 1904 as a metalwork wholesaler. Two years later they moved to the capital Copenhagen and began to focus on lighting production and over the years taking over several electrical and lighting companies. It was only in the early 1960s that Fog & Mørup really emerged as a key force in lighting design, following the company’s appointment in 1957 of Jo Hammerborg as head of design.
Important designers and architects that worked for the company are: Claus Bonderup, Torsten Thorup, Sidse Werner, Sophus Frandsen. Jørgen Bo, E. Balslev, Peter Avondoglio. Karen Clemmensen, Ebbe Clemmensen, Hans Due and off course Jo Hammerborg himself.
In the late 1970s Fog & Mørup merged with Lyfa, another leading Danish lighting producer. In 1980 Jo Hammerborg retired. A few years later Lyfa-Fog & Mørup was taken over by Lyskær. The name changed in Lyskaer-Lyfa.
Lyskaer-Lyfa produced lights until 1991, when it was incorporated into Horn Belysning A/S of Aalstrup, which was itself taken over in 2005 by Nordlux of Ålborg and at a large extent dismantled. Another part of the company became Lightyears, today owned by Republic of Fritz Hansen.