Horn Semi Pendant Lamp
Materials: Witch hat lampshade made of brushed aluminium, painted white inside. Plastic E27 socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 23,5 cm / 9.25”
Width: ∅ 47 cm / 18.50”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27 fitting, 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a mat silver cup light bulb.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designers: Torsten Thorup and Claus Bonderup M.A.A. for Fog & Morup in 1969.
Manufacturer: Horn Belysning, Aalestrup, Denmark. (Belysning is Danish for lighting)
Other versions: The Horn Semi pendant lamp was first made in two sizes: Semi Mini 47 cm – 18.50” and Semi Maxi 70 cm – 27.55”. Also a version of 30 cm – 11.81” exists. It was made in several colours and in chromed iron.
The Semi pendant lamp received an iF Design Award in 1971. It was designed by Thorup and Bonderup in 1969 while they were still students.
This Semi pendant lamp is a remake of the original. It is made in the 1990s when Horn Belysning bought Lyskær-Lyfa A/S, the company that was the owner of the ABO Randers and Fog & Morup brand.
Horn Belysning 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 lights but also imported lights 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.
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 of 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 to Lyskaer-Lyfa.
Lyskaer-Lyfa produced lights until 1991, when it was incorporated into Horn Belysning A/S from Aalstrup, also in Denmark, which was itself taken over in 2005 by Nordlux from Ålborg and at a large extent dismantled.
The original Semi lamp from the 1970s in a white version can be found here.
Also IKEA sold the Semi pendant lamp. It appears in catalogues from the 1980s. They did not change the name, as they often do with other lamps.
Lamps in the movies!
The Semi pendant lamp was used a s a prop in the Danish TV-series Follow the Money from 2016. The original Danish name is Bedrag (deception). It is a financial crime thriller that has run for 2 seasons and it has 20 episodes in total.