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Prescolite catalogue from 1962 in a series they called “Holiday Pendants”

Nordisk Solar Prescolite Catalogue

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Nordisk Solar Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: White painted metal (iron). Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’

Height: 23 cm / 9.05”

Width: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”

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

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Niels Esmann & Hans C. Jensen.

Manufacturer: Nordisk Solar Compagni, Denmark.

Other versions:  White, purple and orange. Early editions have a white interior surface. Also exist in a much bigger version as shown below.

Niels Esmann & Hans C. Jensen were two Danish architects who designed several lamps for the Nordisk Solar Compagni. This lamp was probably designed in 1960 as it starts to appear in catalogues and brochures in 1961.

Nordisk Solar

Nordisk Solar was founded in 1919 by Jacob L. Jørgensen and Herluf Sørensen. The company started business as an import and wholesale company of electricity meters. Later they produced radios under the name Audiola. Since the early 1960s “Solar” focused on high-quality lighting. Designers that worked for the company are, among others: Sigvard Bernadotte, Acton Bjørn, Max Brüel, Vagn Dyring, Preben Fabricius, Anton Fogh Holm, Jørgen Kastholm, Eva, Koppel,Nils Koppel, Sven Middelboe, Jørn Utzon. Swedish lamp manufacturer Hans-Agne Jakobsson A/S bought the company in 1989, and production ended.

More info about this lamp can be found on this excellent blog: Vintage danish lights blog – (link opens in a new window).

Nordisk Solar Label

Nordisk Solar Pendant Lamp - label

Big version

Nordisk Solar Pendant Lamp - Niels Esmann & Hans C. Jensen - Big version