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Bubble Glass Pendant Lamp

Materials: Amber crystal glass. Gold painted metal. Porcelain socket.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Diameter: ∅ 16 cm / 5.90”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 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: Helena Tynell (1918-2016).

Manufacturer: Glashütte Limburg, Limburg an der Lahn, Germany.

Other versions: Made in several sizes and models. These bubble lamps were made as pendant lamps, table lamps, wall lamps, floor lamps and ceiling lamps.

Glashütte Limburg is a member of the Bega group. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting. Since 2017 only the name Bega is used. Glashütte Limburg received 160 iF Design Awards.

Helena Tynell

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 designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973).

Often said that she designed these lamps together with Heinrich-Johannes Gantenbrink, but he and his family are the owners of the Glashütte Limburg company.


Links (external links open in a new window)

Helena Tynell on Wikipedia (only in Suomi (2017))

Glashütte Limburg website

Bega website

Bega North America website

If Design Awards for Glashütte Limburg

Glashütte Limburg lamps on Vintageinfo

Helena Tynell ceiling lamp or wall lamp on Vintageinfo

Riihimaen Lasi Oy – Riihimaki Glass “Pala” vases by Helena Tynell

Helena Tynell Pala Vases Riihimaen Lasi Oy

Many thanks to Marjan from Vintage Drachten for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.