Ateljé Lyktan Mars Pendant Lamp
Materials: Round conical red-brown gradient acrylic lampshade, white inside. White metal ring-diffuser inside. Chrome lid on top, perforated with round holes. Some metal parts. White Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord: 70 cm / 27.55”
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: ∅ 46,5 cm / 18.30”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Per Sundstedt in 1972.
Manufacturer: Ateljé Lyktan, Åhus, Sweden.
Other versions: The Ateljé Lyktan Mars pendant lamp exists in several colours. Also a table lamp was made.
Per Arne Sundstedt was born, June 19, 1941 in Enskede, Sweden. He studied industrial art at the Konstfacks, the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Sundstedt graduated from the department of metal crafts. He was awarded the Swedish Handicraft Association‘s large silver medal.
Per Sundstedt designed his first lamp in 1965 for the Kosta Lampan lighting company, named Candela 1. it was his degree project, a bedside lamp with mechanical dimming.
Well know lamps by his hand are this Mars lamp series. Some other lamps are the Boxlight, the Rikta, the Störtkrukan and the Strumpan. All designed for the Kosta Lampan company.
Kosta Lampan was taken over in 1976 by Fagerhults, which 2 years earlier had also incorporated Ateljé Lyktan. For Fagerhults he designed the Nova pendant lamp, a fluorescent lamp bestseller.
In the 1990s Per Sundstedt designed the PS and Trix lamps for the lighting company Zero, founded in 1978.
During his career, he received several awards for his designs, among other the Excellent Swedish Form 1989 and the Grand Merit Award in 1998.
Per Sundstedt passed away in Engelbrekt, Sweden, May 14, 2003.
Ateljé Lyktan is a Swedish lighting company founded in 1934 by Hans Bergström and his girlfriend Verna Norell. They wanted to make lamps and weave rugs.
Hans would look after the lamp making and Verna would be in charge of the weaving workshop. The Swedish words for workshop and lamp combined to form the name: Ateljé Lyktan.
Ateljé Lyktan has been active in Åhus for most of its history, and still has its head office there (2020). The company is now part of the Fagerhulst Group, which acquired Ateljé Lyktan in 1974.
Important designers in the company’s history have been Hans Bergström, Anders Pehrson, Bengt Fitger, Tommy Govén, Kristin Leibel, Kristian Andréason, Mia Cullin, Henrik Schulz, Lars Bessfelt, Hannelore Dreutler, Per Sundstedt, Anna Ehrner, Herta Bengtsson, Richard Carruthers, Göran Pehrson, Hans Philips Zachau, Dag Holmgren, Walter Leeman, Mats Wiman and many more.
Often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Per Sundstedt biography – Swedish National Biography website
Ateljé Lyktan history on their website
Ateljé Lyktan 1934 – 2000 lighting catalogue
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