Trava white pendant light designed by Carl Thore for Granhaga
The real name of the designer known as Carl Thore was Sigurd Lindkvist, and he was born in 1916 in Amal in Sweden’s Dalsland. After working for a lighting firm called Luko, in 1961 Lindkvist joined Granhaga Metallindustri, for whom he designed lights and was also head of sales, remaining with the company until he retired in around 1981. Lindkvist adopted the pseudonym Carl Thore for his Granhaga light designs on the spur of the moment when he was presenting the lights to a client who asked the identity of the designer. “Carl Thore,” Lindkvist blurted out, these being his two middle names.
The most popular and widely distributed of the Carl Thore lamp designs was the Trava (which translates into English as Stack). Travas were produced by Granhaga Metallindustri in Sweden through the late 1960s and into the 70s in several style variations – of which this example in white lacquered metal throughout is one of the least common – and were sold in Sweden through the Swedish Consumer Cooperatives chain of shops known as KF Interior. They were also exported in large quantities to a number of countries including Denmark (where they were immensely popular), the Netherlands (where they were sold through Philips), England and South Africa.
With a diameter of 25 cm and a height (not including cable grip) of 18 cm, this rare white Trava is in very good condition with only minor wear (see photos). It takes an Edison screw fitting bulb max 60w (not supplied).