Senior Desk Lamp
Materials: Thick chromed metal (iron and brass). Double acrylic lampshade in white and transparent green. White Bakelite sockets.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Preferably small white/opaque round bulbs.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jo Hammerborg.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: Also made with a single shade in white and black, probably also made in several other colours. This lamp is always for sale as a Fog & Morup lamp designed by Jo Hammerborg, but it is not.
The original has a glass (double) shade and is made in green or lilac and white and is 45 cm high and 33 cm wide. Just a little bit bigger than this one. (example of this beauty below)
The original Senior desk lamp appears for the first time in the Fog & Morup catalogue in 1966.
This lamp is a nice copy or interpretation in a high quality, most likely made in Italy around the same time. It has an old VLM Components switch (made before 1968), VLM Components is an Italian switch company and produces – until this day – the beautiful switches designed by Achille Castiglioni. More info about these switches here on Vintageinfo: Achille Castiglioni VLM switches.
Johannes (Jo) Hammerborg was born on 4 February 1920 in Denmark.
In 1957 he became head of design at Fog & Mørup. Hammerborg was a prolific designer, personally creating some 100 lamps for Fog & Mørup and also collaborated with other designers in adapting their designs. Jo retired in 1980, only a short time before both his own death and the demise of the company.
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More info on the website of Jo Hammerborg