Hans-Agne Jakobsson Lamingo BN 25 Table Lamp
Materials: Aluminium, Bakelite socket.
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a silver or gold cupped bulb is preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919 – 2009).
Manufacturer: Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB, Markaryd, Sweden.
Other versions: Made in several colours, painted or anodized aluminium. Produced for several years as you can see on the labels below. The model with 4 lamellae is model BN 26.
The name Lamingo is derived from the word lamelae, lammeller in Swedish. The slogan was: “Lamingo, lamper med omgivningsljus”. Lamingo, lamps with ambient light. “This leaflet introduces to you a family of lamps with laminated shades. Hence the name LAMINGO.” Hans-Agne Jakobsson designed many lamps in this style, also a series in pine wood produced by his company AB Ellysett.
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).
Many thanks to Ger for the photos and the enthusiasm.