The lighting company Oy Taito AB was co-founded by Pavoo Tynell, a Finnish designer (25-01-1890 – 13-09-1973). He led the company and worked as chief designer until 1954.
Tynell’s best-known works include designing the lighting for the Lasipalatsi (the glass palace) in Helsinki and implementing the lighting of the UN Secretary-General’s office.
From the 1930s to the 1950s, Tynell was one of the most popular lighting designers of public spaces. Alvar Aalto worked with Tynell in designing furnishings and lighting. Paavo Tynell’s spouse Helena was a glass designer since 1947.
In 1953, Idman Oy, acquired the majority of shares in Taito Oy. Paavo Tynell continued to work for the company on a freelance basis, through his own design firm.
Tynell is best known for the brass lamps he designed after the war, which were also exported to the United States. Tynell also designed unique luminaires for wealthy American homes. After breaking out of the design relationship with Idman, in the 1960s he designed lamps for American manufacturers Litecraft and Lightolier.
Other Catalogues on Vintageinfo
1930s Taito Lighting Catalogue
1935 Taito Lighting Catalogue 10
1936 Taito Lighting Catalogue 14
1940 Taito Lighting Catalogue 20
1937 Idman Lighting Catalogue 123
1940s Idman Lighting Catalogue 131
1953 Idman Lighting Catalogue 135
1954 Idman Lighting Catalogue 136
1955 Idman Lighting Catalogue 138 part 1
1955 Idman Lighting Catalogue 138 part 2
1950s Idman Lighting Catalogue 140
1958 Idman Lighting Catalogue 142
1961 Idman Lighting Catalogue 143
1961 Idman Lighting Catalogue 144
1964 Idman Lighting Catalogue 145
Links (external links open in a new window)
Idman – the complete story of a lighting company
The Finland House, New York, 1947 /May 18, 2016 – Website Paavo Tynell
Complete biography of Paavo Tynell
Helena Tynell (Helena Turpeinen) – Wikipedia
Many thanks to Cyril for the catalogues.