Preben Dal Symfoni Pendant Lamp
Materials: White and dark grey/black painted metal (iron) diamonds together in an origami style. Bakelite socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 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: Preben Dal (1929 – 1980).
Manufacturer: HF Belysning A/S, Hans Følsgaard Elektro, Copenhagen, today Hans Følsgaard A/S, Køge, Denmark.
Other versions: The Preben Dal Symfoni pendant lamp was made in several variations. All made of white and dark grey painted metal. Also produced as a wall lamp. This lamp is model P-016, the smallest version. NT 77 model name was used for the Philips lamp.
P-016: 25 x 20 cm / 9.84” x 7.87”, P-017: 30 x 31 cm / 11.81” x 12.20”, P-018: 36 x 38 cm / 14.17” x 14.96”, P-019: 41,8 x 46,5 cm / 16.45” x 18.30”.
H. Følsgaard Elektro
H. Følsgaard Elektro was founded in 1922 by Hans Følsgaard. Følsgaard opened an electrical wholesale in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. After World War II in 1946, his son Povl Følsgaard began to import electric components.
HF Belysning A/S was a subsidiary of Hans Følsgaard Elektro, specialised in lighting production. The most famous lamps are the Symfoni light Series, designed by Preben Dal in the early 60’s.
In February 2005 Følsgaard was taken over by HF Holding A/S, today owned by Addtech AB.
Preben Dal (not Dahl) had a design studio together with architect Ole Bang in the period 1959 to 1976.
Poul Cadovius (1911 – 2011), famous for his wall unit shelving system, the Royal System he created in 1948, designed the Flower Lamp (RS 25, RS 37 and RS 50). It was made by HF Belysning A/S in 1968, but produced for Royal System A/S, first named CADO after Cadovius. The Royal System was recognized with a Gold Medal at Finland Furniture Fair in 1950 and silver at the Milan Triennale, establishing a benchmark for wall storage design.
These Symfoni pendant lamps were also sold by Koninklijke Philips N.V. from the Netherlands. It’s unclear if Philips produced these lamps under licence or that they were made for Philips by HF Belysning A/S.
Also the Dutch company Dijkstra had a lamp in their assortment, as you can see. It is unfortunately a drawing. It is unclear whether it is a Preben Dal lamp or a lamp that looks similar.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Hans Følsgaard Elektro website
Poul Cadovius in the MoMA museum in New York
Philips lamps and history of the company on Vintageinfo
The complete history of the company on the Philips website
Philips – Wikipedia
Origami – Wikipedia
Ruthless People – Wikipedia
Ruthless People – IMDb
Dijkstra 1960s publicity in a newspaper
Many thanks to Thomas of 1000 Designs for lending the lamp. Many thanks to Fred for the Dijkstra pub.