Lyfa Vario Pendant Lamp
Materials: Half-round metal (brass) lampshade. Tubular diffusers inside. Two ball screws to adjust the tube for a more direct light. Some metal parts. Porcelain E27 socket.
Cord Length: 120 cm / 47.24”
Height: 27 cm / 10.62”
Width: ∅ 40 cm / 15.74”
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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designers: Acton Bjørn.
Manufacturer: Lyfa, Ryesgade 28, 2tv, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
Other versions: This Lyfa Vario pendant lamp was only made in one version.
Acton Bjørn was born on 23 September 1910 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole) from 1931 to 1933.
From 1933 until 1934 Bjørn worked with Jørgen Berg and Ivar Bentsen on Blidah, a housing development in Hellerup. He was also an employee of architect Vilhelm Lauritzen.
During World War II, he began to design furniture and wallpaper.
Together with Sigvard Bernadotte, the “design prince of Sweden”, he established the first Scandinavian design studio dedicated to industrial design in 1950. Bernadotte & Bjørn became known for products in metal and plastic in many areas. From 1966 to 1990, Acton Bjørn ran the design studio alone.
Acton Bjørn received numerous awards for his designs. He passed away, 20 June 1992 in Charlottenlund, Denmark.
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.
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