Helena Tynell Bubble Glass Pendant Lamp
Materials: Amber coloured crystal hand blown bubble glass lampshade. Brass tube on top. Chromed metal (iron) parts. Black plastic canopy. Metal E27 socket.
Cord: 80 cm / 9.05”
Total Height: 30 cm / 9.05”
Height: 18 cm / 9.05”
Width: 23 cm / 5.90”
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: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Helena Tynell (1918-2016).
Manufacturer: Glashütte Limburg, Glashüttenweg 1, 65549 Limburg an der Lahn, Germany.
Other versions: This Helena Tynell bubble glass pendant lamp was made in several sizes and models. As you can see in the 2 catalogue pictures from 1979. They were made as a pendant lamp, a chandelier with several pendants together, a table lamp, a wall lamp, a floor lamp, a ceiling lamp and a flush mount.
Glashütte Limburg was founded in 1946. Today Glashütte Limburg is a member of the Bega group. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting. The name Glashütte Limburg is no longer in use since 2017. Bega was founded in 1945 by goldsmith and steel engraver Heinrich Gantenbrink.
Often said that Helena Tynell designed these lamps together with Heinrich-Johannes Gantenbrink, but he and his family are the owners of the Glashütte Limburg company.
Hellin Helena Tynell, born as Helena Turpeinen on December 10, 1918 in Äänekoski, Finland. She died January 18, 2016 in Tuusula, also in Finland.
Tynell graduated in 1943 from the Central School of Arts and Crafts (Taideteollisuuskeskuskoulu) in Helsinki.
Between 1943 and 1946 she worked with ceramics design in Arabia Oy.
Parallel to this, and until 1953, she also worked with lighting at Taito Oy. Between 1946 and 1976, Tynell was one of the most influential designers in the Riihimäki Lasi – Riihimaen Lasi Oy glass factory.
Tynell also freelanced for companies as Flygsfors glassworks, Bega Leuchten and Glashütte Limburg both in Germany and Fostoria Glass in the United States.
She was married to famous designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973). He was the co founder of Oy Taito AB. He worked with Alvar Aalto in designing furnishings and lighting. Almost all the catalogues of his famous lamps can be consulted on Vintageinfo.
Helena Tynell bubble glass pendant lamp – 1979 catalogue picture
Riihimaen Lasi Oy – Riihimaki Glass “Pala” vases by Helena Tynell