1970s Square Brass & Glass Wall Lamp
Materials: Brass, some metal parts. Crystal brown/amber clear hand blown bubble glass (pulegoso). Porcelain socket.
Height: 7,8 cm / 3.07”
Width: 15 x 15 cm / 5.90 x 5.90”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used, a round bulb is preferred. A candle stick bulb is to big for this lamp.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Helena Tynell (1918-2016) in 1977.
Manufacturer: Glashütte Limburg, Glashüttenweg 1, 65549 Limburg an der Lahn – Germany.
Other versions: Also made in a round version, as you can see below. Made with opaque glass and chrome. Can also be used as a flush mount/ceiling lamp.
This wall lamp won an iF Design Award in 1977. Discipline: Product
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 famous designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973).
Glashütte Limburg was founded in 1946. Today Glashütte Limburg is a member of the Bega group. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting. The name Glashütte Limburg is no longer in use since 2017. Bega was founded in 1945 by goldsmith and steel engraver Heinrich Gartenbrink.
One of the best known designers for Glashütte Limburg was Helena Tynell who created several amber bubble glass lamps for the company. They exist in many forms and sizes. Helena Tynell lived from 1918 until 2016. She was married to the famous designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973).
Glashütte Limburg received 160 iF Design Awards. You can find them over here on the iF Design website.
Italian word taken from the dialect word pulega, which means bubble. The glass is containing numerous bubbles of all sizes, produced by adding bicarbonate/soda, gasoline, or other substances to the glass. The bubbles make the glass semi-opaque and give the surface an irregular texture. The technique was developed in the 1920s by Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) on the island of Murano, Italy and used for the first time by the famous Venini company.
This wall lamp is reminiscent of the Delfo mirror, designed by Sergio Mazza for Artemide in 1964.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Limburg an der Lahn on Wikipedia
Helena Tynell on Wikipedia (only in Suomi (2018))
This wall lamp on the iF Design website
Glashütte Limburg website
History of the Bega company
Glashütte Limburg manufactures exclusive interior luminaires with natural gas
Bega North America website
Artemide Delfo Mirror in the catalogue from 1973, here on Vintageinfo
Artemide Delfo Mirror in the catalogue from 1976, here on Vintageinfo
Other Glashütte Limburg lamps on Vintageinfo
Bega lamps on Vintageinfo
Other Bubble glass lamps on Vintageinfo
Helena Tynell bubble glass wall lamp on Vintageinfo