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Fog & Mørup Lento Desk Lamp

Materials: White painted flat round metal base. Two white painted small metal rods. Chrome joint and parts. White round metal lampshade made of two tubes. Metal or Bakelite E27 socket.

Height: 57 cm / 22.44”

Width: 40 cm / 15.74”

Base: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulb  E27, 1 x 75 watt, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Jo Hammerborg (1920 – 1982).

Manufacturer: Fog & Mørup, Aarhus, Denmark.

Other versions: The Fog & Mørup Lento desk lamp exists in many colours. Also made as the Alfa wall lamp and the Junior floor lamp.

The Lento desk lamp appears for the first time in the Fog & Morup catalogue in 1967. In 1969 the floor lamp Junior and a wall lamp show up in the catalogue together with the Lento desk lamp. The Studio floor lamp is very similar with the Junior as you can see in the movies. All designs of Jo Hammerborg and part of the same lamp series.

Jo Hammerborg

Jo Hammerborg

Johannes (Jo) Hammerborg was born on 4 February 1920 in Denmark.
In 1957 he became head of design at Fog & Mørup. Hammerborg was a prolific designer, personally creating some 100 lamps for Fog & Mørup and also collaborated with other designers in adapting their designs. Jo retired in 1980, only a short time before both his own death in 1982 and the take-over of the company.

Fog & Morup 1960s Catalogue Picture

Fog & Morup Lento Desk Lamps - Catalogue picture - 1960s Design: Jo Hammerborg, Denmark

Fog & Mørup

Ansgar Fog (1880-1930) and Erik Mørup (1879-1972) started their business together in 1904 as a metalwork wholesaler.

Two years later they moved to the capital Copenhagen and began to focus on lighting production. Over the years they took over several electrical and lighting companies.

It was only in the early 1960s that Fog & Mørup really emerged as a key force in lighting design. In 1957 Jo Hammerborg was appointed as head of design.

Important designers and architects that worked for the company are: Claus Bonderup, Torsten Thorup, Sidse Werner, Sophus Frandsen, Jørgen Bo, E.  Balslev, Peter Avondoglio, Karen Clemmensen, Ebbe Clemmensen, Hans Due and of course Jo Hammerborg.

Lyfa

In the late 1970s Fog & Mørup merged with Lyfa, another leading Danish lighting producer. In 1980 Jo Hammerborg retired. A few years later Lyfa-Fog & Mørup was taken over by Lyskær. The name changed in Lyskaer-Lyfa.

Lyskaer-Lyfa

Lyskaer-Lyfa produced lights until 1991, when it was incorporated into Horn Belysning A/S of Aalstrup. Horn itself was taken over in 2005 by Nordlux of Ålborgand at a large extent dismantled.

Horn Belysning

The light company was founded in 1952 as a family business and first named E.S. Horn. In 1963 it changed into Horn Belysning – Horn Lighting.

The company produced lights for IKEA and several European retail chains. They designed lights but also imported lights from China. In the 1980s it was the second biggest light company in Denmark.

In 2005 the name changed into Lightyears, today owned by Republic of Fritz Hansen.