Louis Poulsen Doo-Wop Pendant Lamp – Navy Pendant
Materials: Polished curved brass lampshade, painted white on the inside. Round white lacquered metal conical reflector inside. Some metal parts. Porcelain E27 socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 24,5 cm / 9.64”
Width: ∅ 28,3 cm / 11.14”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Henning Klok in collaboration with Søværnets Bygningsdistrikt (Navy building district).
Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Other versions: The Louis Poulsen Doo-Wop pendant lamp exists in several colours. A black, brass, white, copper and chromed version is since 2012 back in production and named Doo-Wop. The original name is Navy Pendant (Søværnspendlen) and it was produced by Louis Poulsen until the 1980s.
This pendant lamp is often attributed to Jørn Utzon. Jørn Utzon designed a similar pendant lamp, but it was for Nordisk Solar Compagni that he designed his Søværnspendlen. The lamp exists also in a much bigger version. It is 43 cm / 16.92” wide, as you can see below.
The Navy pendant lamps were sold in the United States by Prescolite. Today Prescolite is part of LBC Lighting. Probably also other companies sold them.
For the moment, no information can be found about the designer, unfortunately.
The Søværnets Bygningsdistrikt (Navy building district) was first named Søværnets Bygningsvæsen ( the Danish Navy Building Agency). It was a unit of the Danish defence that led to the construction of the army’s buildings, often in collaboration with civil academic architects. In 1952, the unit was merged with the Navy’s Building Department and the Coast Guard’s Maintenance Department in the new unit of the Armed Forces Building Service.
Louis Poulsen & CO A/S is a Danish lighting manufacturer that was founded in 1874 by Ludvig R. Poulsen as a wine importing business. 4 years later the firm closed down. However, in 1892 Ludvig Poulsen opened his second business, this time selling tools and electrical supplies.
Two years later in 1896 his nephew Louis Poulsen started to work for the company. After the dead of Ludvig in 1906, Louis takes over the business.
In 1911 Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes a partner in the firm and the name changes in Louis Poulsen & Co A/S. Six years later Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes the sole owner of the company.
The best known designers that worked for Louis Poulsen are Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Shoichi Uchiyama, Andreas Hansen, Bent Gantzel-Boysen and of course many others. Bent Gantzel-Boysen was head of Louis Poulsen’s own design team in the 70s.
Lamps in the movies
Two Jørn Utzon Søværnspendlen pendant lamps were used as a prop in the 2015 Nordic noir crime television series The Bridge (Broen – Bron). Starring Sofia Helin, Thure Lindhardt and Dag Malmberg. As you can see, these lamps are very similar, but much bigger. On the left the Arne Jacobsen AJ floor lamp designed in 1957 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen (Radisson Collection).
Links (external links open in a new window)
Doo-Wop Pendant Lamp on the Louis Poulsen website
Blog on Skandinaviskdesign.dk about this pendant lamp
Complete history of Louis Poulsen on the Louis Poulsen website
Awards and prizes for Louis Poulsen over the years
Prescolite LBC Lighting website
The Bridge (2011 – 2018 TV series) – Wikipedia
The Bridge (2011 – 2018 TV series) – IMDb
Other lamps made by the Louis Poulsen company
Louis Poulsen & Co 1930s catalogue
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.