Nordisk Solar Tivoli Pendant Lamp
Materials: Round red painted conical & tubular aluminium lampshade. Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 190 cm / 74.80”
Height: 21 cm / 8.26”
Width: ∅ 21 cm / 8.26”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jørn Oberg Utzon in 1957.
Manufacturer: Nordisk Solar Compagni, Denmark.
Other versions: This Nordisk Solar Tivoli pendant lamp exists in many colours and 2 sizes. Made in different types of metal. Slight variations in size were made over the years, as you can see in the catalogue pictures.
In the USA these lamps were sold by Prescolite. Today Prescolite is part of LBC Lighting. Probably also some other companies sold Nordisk Solar lamps.
Jørn Oberg Utzon
Jørn Oberg Utzon, born 9 April 1918 in Copenhagen, was a Danish architect and designer. Utzon was most notable for designing the Sydney Opera House in Australia, completed in 1973. Jørn Utzon attended the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1937 to 1942. Utson passed away 29 November 2008.
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.