Fog & Mørup Semi Pendant Lamp
Materials: White painted aluminium witch hat lampshade. Porcelain E27 socket.
Cord Length: 100 cm / 39.37”
Height: 23,5 cm / 9.25”
Width: ∅ 47 cm / 18.50”
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 1969.
Manufacturer: Fog & Mørup A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other versions: The Fog & Mørup Semi 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 chromed iron. The version of 60 cm – 23.62 is named Semi Midi.
The Semi pendant lamp received an iF Design Award in 1971. It was designed by Thorup and Bonderup in 1969 while they were still students.
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 and over the years taking 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, following the company’s appointment in 1957 of Jo Hammerborg 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 himself.
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 to Lyskaer-Lyfa.
Lyskaer-Lyfa produced lights until 1991, when it was incorporated into Horn Belysning A/S from Aalstrup, also in Denmark, which was itself taken over in 2005 by Nordlux from Ålborg and at a large extent dismantled.
The Horn Belysning A/S company was founded in 1952 as a family business and was first named E.S. Horn. In 1963 it changed into Horn Belysning – Horn Lighting.
The company produced lights for IKEA and several other European retail chains. They designed lights but also imported lights from China. In the 1980s Horn 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.