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History of the Solar company on their website
Nordisk Solar Compani on Danish-Lights.com
Nordisk Solar Pendant Lamp 376
Materials: stacked brushed aluminium discs lampshade, painted purple inside. Some metal and aluminium parts. Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord: 90 cm / 35.43”
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: ∅ 47,5 cm / 18.70”
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: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius in 1964.
Manufacturer: Nordisk Solar Compagni, Denmark.
Other versions: The Nordisk Solar pendant lamp 376 exists in 3 sizes and several colours. 47,5, 55 and 70 cm. 18.7, 21.65 and 27.55”. In the 70s the numbers changed. It became 74123, 74824 and 74407. In the 1980s this pendant lamp was named Kastholm, after the designer. This one is an early version.
Jørgen Kastholm & Preben Fabricius
Jørgen Kastholm, born in 1931, first studied as a smith. He attended the School for Interior Design in Copenhagen, Denmark. At this school he met cabinetmaker Preben Fabricius, also born in 1931, who became his partner for several years.
In 1961, they started a design studio. It was active until 1968. The duo is most famous for their furniture design. Jørgen Kastholm became a professor in Germany. He passed away in June 2007 in Denmark. Preben Fabricius passed away in March 1984, he was only 52.
Nordisk Solar was founded in 1919 by Jacob L. Jørgensen and Herluf Sørensen. The company started business as an import and wholesale company of electricity meters. Later they produced radios under the name Audiola. Since the early 1960s “Solar” focused on high-quality lighting.
Harald Jørgensen takes over the position as Chairman of the Board in Audiola after the death of his father. The lighting production is extracted from Audiola and carries on as an independent department under the name “Solar Fittings Production” in Nordisk Solar Compagni.
In 1990 Solar bought Swedish lamp manufacturer Hans-Agne Jakobsson A/S and sells it to Thorn Lighting in 1998.
Today, Solar still handles lighting, but now via the Solar Light concept, which is based on procured products from leading European lighting manufacturers.
Designers that worked for the company are, among others: Sigvard Bernadotte, Acton Bjørn, Max Brüel, Vagn Dyring, Preben Fabricius, Anton Fogh Holm, Jørgen Kastholm, Eva Koppel, Nils Koppel, Sven Middelboe and Jørn Utzon.
Nordisk Solar Pendant Lamp 376 – 1970s Catalogue picture
Many thanks to Frank from nullviernull raum+kommunikation for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm. You can find his shop over here on Ebay.