Abo Randers Picture Light
Materials: Brass rod/slat and lamp socket holder. Some plastic and metal parts. Bakelite socket.
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: 18 cm / 7.08”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used, a long small bulb is required. A E14/SES picture light bulb with a long filament is ideal.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Abo Randers A/S, Aalestrup, Denmark.
Other versions: This Abo Randers picture light was probably also made in chrome.
Lamps like these were made for highlighting paintings or art. It has small holes in the bar to attach to a frame with little screws.
Abo Randers A/S
Abo Randers A/S was a lighting company from Aalestrup, near Randers, in Denmark. Founded in the late 60’s and mainly based on one product idea, the Ball magnet wall or table lamp (picture below), designed by Benny Frandsen. During the 70’s the company expanded their production line with a many other lights, like this one. Somewhere in the middle of the 1980’s, ABO Randers was bought by Lyskær Belysning.
Lyskær Belysning was incorporated into Horn Belysning A/S of Aalstrup in 1991, which was itself taken over in 2005 by Nordlux of Ålborg and at a large extent dismantled.
For several lamps Abo Randers used parts of OMI, Otto Meinzer GmbH, a German joint producer. More info over here.