Links (all external links open in a new window)
“The Would-Be King is Dead. God Save the Man Who Would Have Been King” – biography on Snuggling with the Enemy
Ifö Sanitär website
Ifö Sanitär on Wikipedia
William Abelgaard Nielsen biography on landsarkivetkbh.dk
The Bromölla town on Wikipedia
Kaolinite on Wikipedia
Limestone on Wikipedia
Ifö Wall Lamp
Materials: Green/brown enameled porcelain. Opaque glass, rubber ring. Porcelain socket.
Height: 15 cm / 5.90”
Width: 7 cm / 2.75”
Depth: 11 cm / 4.33”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but for opaque glass, white or frosted bulbs are preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Sigvard Bernadotte, “design prince of Sweden” (1907-2002).
Manufacturer: Ifö Sanitär, Bromölla, Sweden. Lystrup, Denmark.
Other versions: Made in several variations.
Sigvard Bernadotte was born in 1907 as Prince Sigvard, the duke of Uppland, Sweden. His grandfather, Gustaf V, was the king at that time. He was third in line to the throne at birth.
The prince designed innumerable objects. He designed kitchenware, lighters, furniture, jewelry, glasses and so on. This lamp was designed in the 1960s. Sigvard Bernadotte died in 2002.
Ifö was founded by William Abelgaard Nielsen (1838-1917) in 1887 as a lime and kaolinite mining company. In 1936 Ifö was born as a toilet seats firm.
The company always produce high quality bathroom materials. Today Ifö is owned by Geberit (since 2015).