Hans-Agne Jakobsson Metalarte Pendant Lamp
Materials: Orange painted round aluminium mushroom disc lampshade. Round white acrylic diffuser below. Brass tube & parts. Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 50 cm / 19.68”
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: ∅ 47 cm / 18.50”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919 – 2009).
Manufacturer: Metalarte, Paseo de la Ribera 115, Canovelles, Barcelona, Spain.
Other versions: This Hans-Agne Jakobsson Metalarte pendant lamp exists in several colours and sizes.
These lamps were also sold by the American Prescolite company. They named it Riviera pendants, as you can see in the 1969 catalogue picture. Prescolite sold many European lamps at that time. Among others, lamps made by Louis Poulsen, Nordisk Solar and Peill + Putzler.
The Metalarte company was founded in 1932 in Cannoveles, some 30 km/19 mi from Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. In the 1960’s and 1970’s it renewed its catalogue and started working with external designers and companies. For instance, they sold lamps produced by Louis Poulsen from Denmark and Arteluce and Stilnovo from Italy. Today the company is part of the Luxonia group. Together with the Troll and Sagelux brands.
Designers that worked for Metalarte are, among others: André Ricard, Enric Franch, Josep Lluscà, Estudi Blanc, Josep Aregall, Oscar and Sergi Devesa, Antoni Arola, Lievore Altherr Molina, Ricard Ferrer, George W. Hansen, Héctor Serrano, Jordi Llopis, Ana Mir, Emili Padrós, Otto Canalda and Ramón Úbeda.
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.
Hans-Agne Jakobsson died in 2009 at the age of 90. His closest family are his wife Lisa and their children, Karin and Ola.
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