1960s Senior Style 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: To be appraised, inspired by a Jo Hammerborg design.
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, maker unknown.
All the electric parts were produced by VLM Components in the 60s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
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