Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB Ellysett Table Lamp
Materials: Made of pine slates nailed and glued together. Bakelite socket.
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919 – 2009).
Manufacturer: AB Ellysett, Markaryd, Sweden.
Other versions: This Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB Ellysett table lamp was made in many variations.
Hans-Agne Jakobsson was a Swedish interior and furniture designer, born in Hvadhem on Gotland, Sweden in 1919. Jakobsson became a cabinetmaker at the age of 18 and later he graduated as an architect in Göteborg. He began as an assistant to Carl Malmsten and Werner West.
After his graduation Hans–Agne Jakobsson started as an industrial designer at General Motors.
In 1951 he founded his own lighting company Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB in Markaryd. He also designed lamps for his 2 other companies: AB Ellysett, also in Markaryd. Lamps completely made of pine wood; it was his first step in the lighting business and his biggest success. SCAN-LIGHT was the third company. SCAN-LIGHT was for the lamps that were mostly made of plastic. It was also located in the same town.
Hans-Agne Jakobsson also had companies abroad: In The Netherlands it was Svera – Hans-Agne Jakobsson Nederland N.V. It was located at The Hague. Other seats from the company were located in Paris, France, Darmstadt, Germany. Barcelona, Spain, Stäfa, Switzerland, Oslo, Norway and of course Stockholm, Sweden. There was also a showroom in Toronto, Canada.
Also Koninklijke Philips N.V. from The Netherlands had some lamps by Jakobsson in their catalogue. Presumably also a few other companies.
Hans-Agne Jakobsson died in 2009 at the age of 90. His closest family are his wife Lisa and their children, Karin and Ola.
Markaryd is an urban area in Sweden with some 4000 inhabitants (2016).
AB Ellysett made many pine lamps for IKEA in the 70’s after his designs from the 50’s and 60’s. The material is the same and so is the construction. When you have a lamp without a label, it is in all probability a Hans-Agne Jakobsson lamp made for IKEA.
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Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.