Fog & Mørup Semi Maxi Pendant Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) witch hat lampshade, painted white on the inside. Metal rod and parts. White painted Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 100 cm / 39.37”
Height: 35 cm / 13.77”
Width: ∅ 70 cm / 27.55”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. For this setup a silver cup light bulb was used.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designers: Torsten Thorup and Claus Bonderup M.A.A. in 1967.
Manufacturer: Fog & Mørup A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other versions: The Fog & Mørup Semi Maxi pendant lamp was first made in two sizes: Semi Mini 47 cm – 18.50” and Semi Maxi 70 cm – 27.55”. Also a version of 30 cm – 11.81” exists. It was made in several colours and in aluminium.
The Semi pendant lamp received an iF Design Award in 1971. It was designed by Thorup and Bonderup in 1967 while they were still students, some sources say 1968.
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.
In the late 70’s 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 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 Ålborg and at a large extent dismantled.
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 80’s it was the second biggest light company in Denmark.
In 2005 the name changed into Lightyears, today owned by Republic of Fritz Hansen.
A remake of the Semi pendant light can be found here on Vintageinfo. It was made in the 90’s when Horn Belysning bought Lyskær-Lyfa A/S, the company that was the owner of the ABO Randers and the Fog & Morup brand.
Today the Semi pendant lamp is in production by the Danish company Gubi. Gubi was founded in 1967 in Copenhagen by Liesbeth and Gubi Olsen. Gubi is specialised in “designs that combine the past and the present“. They sell 3 versions of the Semi pendant light: 30, 47 and 60 cm (11.81, 18.50 and 23.62).
Also IKEA sold the Semi pendant lamp. It appears in catalogues from the 1980s. They did not change the name, as they often do with other lamps.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Horn Belysnign history on Danish Vintage Design
Fog & Morup Semi in the catalogue of 1974 on Danish Lights
The story of Fog & Mørup, Danish modern lighting’s superstar
The Semi pendant lamp on the iF Design Award website
Republic of Fritz Hansen
New Semi pendant lamp on the Gubi website
Follow the Money (Danish TV series) – Wikipedia
Follow the Money (Danish TV series) – IMDB
All The Money In The World (2017) – Wikipedia
All The Money In The World (2017) – IMDb
Lamps in the movies
A Fog & Mørup Semi Maxi pendant lamp was used a s a prop in the Danish TV-series Follow the Money from 2016. The original Danish name is Bedrag (deception). A financial crime thriller that has run for 2 seasons and it has 20 episodes in total.