Johannes (Jo) Hammerborg was born on February 4, 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 Ultra Pendant Lamp
Materials: Painted alluminium, Bakelite socket.
Cord lenght: 100 cm / 39.37”
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
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: 1950s – 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jo Hammerborg (1920 – 1982).
Manufacturer: Fog & Mørup A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other versions: Made in copper and aluminium and in several colours.
The Ultra pendant light was designed by Jo Hammerborg in the late 1950s for Fog & Mørup. It appears in catalogues from the early 1960s.
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 off 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 in Lyskaer-Lyfa.
Lyskaer-Lyfa produced lights until 1991, when it was incorporated into Horn Belysning A/S of Aalstrup, which was itself taken over in 2005 by Nordlux of Ålborg and at a large extent dismantled.
Horn Belysning A/S was founded in 1952 as a family business and first named E.S. Horn. In 1963 it changed into Horn Belysning – Horn Lighting.
Horn Belysning produced lights for IKEA and several European retail chains. They designed lamps but also imported them from China. In the 1980s Horn Belysning was the second biggest light company in Denmark.
In 2005 the name changed into Lightyears, today owned by Republic of Fritz Hansen.
Links (external links open in a new window)
More info on the website of Jo Hammerborg: www.johammerborg.com
The story of Fog & Mørup, Danish modern lighting’s superstar: www.classic-modern.co.uk/fog_morup
Many thanks to Marjan from Vintage Drachten for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.