Lyfa Drum Pendant Lamp
Materials: Round metal (aluminium) lampshade. Acrylic disc diffusers on the bottom and on top. Blue rectangular rounded embossed crystal glass bars. 2 Bakelite E27 sockets.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 23 cm / 9.05”
Width: ∅ 38 cm / 14.96”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designers: Carl Fagerlund (1915 – 2011) – attributed.
Manufacturer: A cooperation between Orrefors Glasbruk (Glasworks) from Sweden for the glass parts and Lyfa from Denmark.
Other versions: This Lyfa Drum pendant lamp exists in all probability in several colours.
This drum shaped Scandinavian pendant lamp has a top and bottom of translucent acrylic with a pattern of small glass squares in relief and is very rare.
Carl Fagerlund, born 25 November 1915 in Kalmar, Sweden was a lighting and glass designer. He was educated in Stockholm, where he qualified as a design teacher.
He worked as lead lighting designer for the Orrefors glass company from 1946 until 1980. Fagerlund gained great success with large lighting installations for the head office of General Motors in Detroit. He also designed lights for the Kennedy Center in Washington, both in the United States.
Fagerlund is well known for his Modernist designs where he combined Neoclassical forms with naturalistic themes. He passed away in Orrefors were he lived for a long period in his life in 2011 at the age of 96.
Orrefors started business on the site of an older iron works in Orrefors, Småland, Sweden. The company produces art glass and utility glass made of crystal since 1898. It was a part of the Swedish glass-works group Orrefors Kosta Boda AB (Kosta and Orrefors are some 20 km (12,5 miles) away from each other). Lighting production ended in the 80’s but resumed in 2006 when Orrefors began a collaboration with the lighting company Zero.
Designers that worked for this famous company are: Knut Bergqvist, Heinrich Wollman, Gustav Abels, Simon Gate, Edward Hald, Nils Landberg, John Selbing, Sven Palmqvist, Edvin Öhrström, Ingeborg Lund, Gunnar Cyrén, Rolf Nilsson, Olle Alberius, Henning Koppel, Berit Johansson, Styrbjörn Engström, recently Karl Lagerfeld. And of course many others.
Lyfa was founded in 1924 under the name of Københavns Lampe Og Lysekronefabrik (Copenhagen Lamp And Chandelier Factory).
In 1930 the company was renamed into Lyfaca. They began producing table lamps inspired by the PH lights designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen & CO A/S. After the Second World War the company collaborated with leading architects and designers to produce minimalist and sculptural Space Age lights. The company received numerous awards.
Designers that worked for the company are: Louis Weisdorf, Bent Karlby, Michael Andersen, Acton Bjørn, Claus Bonderup, Piet Hein, Klaus Helweg-Larsen, Simon Henningsen, Finn Juhl, Nils Koppel, Eva Koppel and of course Carl Fagerlund via Orrefors.
In the late 1970s Lyfa merged with Fog & Mørup, another leading Danish lighting producer. In the 1980s Lyfa-Fog & Mørup was taken over by Lyskær. The name changed to Lyskaer-Lyfa.
Lyskaer-Lyfa produced lamps until 1991 when it was incorporated into Horn Belysning A/S of Aalstrup. Horn itself was taken over in 2005 by Nordlux of Ålborg and at a large extent dismantled. Today the Lyfa company has revived and they sell some of their old icons.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Many thanks to Marjan from Vintage Drachten for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.