Butterfly Style Pendant Lamp
Materials: White folded PVC, metal ring. Bakelite socket.
Cord length: 65 cm / 25.59”
Height: 45 cm / 17.71”
Width: ∅ 55 cm / 21.65 ”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Woja, The Netherlands.
Other Versions: Made in many variations and colours.
This Butterfly style pendant lamp is made after a design by Lars Eiler Schiøler (1913-1982) in 1968. The 2 boxes you see are from the original lamps. The original ones don’t have the bar on top and below.
This Butterfly style pendant lamp was sold by the Dutch company Woja. Woja gave them women’s names such as Iris and Mira. The maker remains unknown. The Woja company no longer exists. Woja is best known for the series of spring lamps with a globe on top, made after a design by Ingo Maurer from Germany. It was their biggest succes.
Prova was a house label for British Home Stores (BHS). Not only lamps exist with this label, also clothing. Prova was not a lamp producer, they sold lamps made by others. The maker of this lamp remains unknown, according to the box of Prova it was made in Britain. This lamp is Series 1, but also a Series 33 exists. A very similar DIY pendant lamp, but made in Denmark…
This pendant lamp was acquired in The Netherlands, so another company sold it. Do you have an idea about the producer? Please use the contact form and make this website more complete.
British Home Stores was a British department store chain, primarily selling clothing and household items. The company was founded in 1928. The company went bankrupt in 2016. The Qatari Al Mana Group purchased BHS and formed a new business, BHS International (UK) Limited, based in London. It launched a new website: bhs.com.
The Hoyrup company was founded in Christianshavn, Copenhagen, Denmark by Preben Johan Høyrup in the late 1940’s. In 1968 Lars Eiler Schiøler became minority shareholder. Lars Schiøler designed almost the complete collection from the 50’s until the 70’s for the company.
Hoyrup created a wide range of stylish modern Danish lights, that were easily-assembled and therefore easy to ship around the world to more than 40 countries. In 1978 the company was split and sold, it became HoyrupLight. It ended business in the mid 80’s. Their famous lamps are copied by many companies.
Other designers that worked for Hoyrup: Carsten Erik Schiøler, Uffe Gustav Schiøler.
Prova Lighting Series 1 Pendant lamp
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Many thanks to Uffe Schiøler for the enlightening information and many thanks to Marjan from Vintage Drachten for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm. Many thanks to Benjamin for the photo of the Prova box.