Nordisk Solar Glass Globe Pendant Lamp – Prescolite 1966 Lighting Catalogue
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Nordisk Solar Glass Globe Pendant Lamp
Materials: Amber (yellow-brown) glass globe lampshade. Round clear crystal embossed ribbed glass diffuser inside. Some brass parts. Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm /23.62”
Height: 18 cm / 7.08”
Width: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”
Electricity: 1 x E27 bulb, 1 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.
Designer: Sven(d) Middelboe – attributed.
Manufacturer: Nordisk Solar Compagni, Denmark.
Other versions: This Nordisk Solar glass globe pendant lamp exists in several variations. A few models were made, as you can see below. This lamp is model P 1102.
Also the American Prescolite sold Nordisk Solar lamps, as you can see in the catalogue. Today Prescolite is part of LBC Lighting. Probably also some other companies sold these lamps.
Sven(d) Middelboe designed several comparable lamps for Nordisk Solar, so probably also this one.
Nordisk Solar Compagni
The Nordisk Solar Compagni was founded in 1919 by Jacob L. Jørgensen. It was a trade, import and wholesale company which sold electricity meters and electric components. In 1924 production of electric meters was moved to the Dansk Målerværksted; the Danish Painting Workshop subsidiary. At the same time Nordisk Solar Compagni started the production of radios.
After producing radios for nearly 40 years, this production ceased in 1958. Around the same time (1959) the production of lighting started in a new factory. From 1977 on the lamps were produced in the subsidiary A/S Solar-Armaturproduktion (luminaire manufacturing) in Vejen.
In 1990 A/S Solar-Armaturproduktion merged with Swedish Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB, and in 1992 it was renamed Hans-Agne Jakobsson A/S, with its subsidiaries Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB in Sweden and Hans-Agne Jakobsson GmbH in Germany. All as part of the Nordic Solar Compagni Group. Production was gradually focused on industrial lighting and outdoor lighting.
Designers who worked for Nordisk Solar were among others Hvidt (Hvidt & Mølgaard), Niels and Eva Koppel, Jørn Utzon, Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius. Vagn Dyring, Gert Edstrand, Niels Esmann & Hans C. Jensen and Sven(d) Middelboe.
Today the original company is named Solar and has entered the offshore area and heavy industrial components as well as telecommunication and network equipment. Plumbing, heating and ventilation components were also added to the product range.
Nordisk Solar Catalogue
Links (external links open in a new window)
History of the Solar company on their website
Koldingwiki about Solar (in Danish)
Nordisk Solar Compagni history on the Danalux website (in Danish)