Our blog about Danish modern lighting and other midcentury design

The real story of the Carl Thore lights

The real story of the Carl Thore lights

modblog 10/12/2012 0
There is an often-repeated urban myth that the multilayered pendant lamps usually known as Carl Thore lights were produced by Fog & Mørup. The true or...
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Jo Hammerborg and the Formland lamp series

Jo Hammerborg and the Formland lamp series

modblog 05/12/2012 0
The information that emerged from our correspondence with the Hammerborg family over the past 18 months has been an important source for our new profi...
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The origins of the Danish star light

The origins of the Danish star light

modblog 21/11/2012 0
A couple of years ago we wrote about the fact that we had been unable to find reliable information about the origins of one of our favourite vintage D...
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A tale of two Topans: the Pendant & the Spot

A tale of two Topans: the Pendant & the Spot

modblog 23/06/2011 0
Verner Panton’s futuristic 1959 Topan light design for Louis Poulsen has rarely been out of the limelight in its more than 50 years of existence. Freq...
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Finn Juhl and the drivers of vintage value

Finn Juhl and the drivers of vintage value

modblog 08/06/2011 0
The perceived value (and so the price) of a vintage Danish light is usually fairly closely related to its historical retail price. Broadly speaking, t...
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Kastrup-Holmegaard’s Havanna series for F&M

Kastrup-Holmegaard’s Havanna series for F&M

redvangang 21/05/2011 0
The Kastrup-Holmegaard glassworks produced many different individually mouth-blown glass lamps for Fog & Mørup during the 1960s. Today the least well-...
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Panton and PH weren't just good friends

Panton and PH weren't just good friends

modblog 11/05/2011 0
The family connection between two of the great Danish lighting designers is widely known – indeed, anyone who is aware of Simon Henningsen‘s work will...
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Danish modern space stations?

Danish modern space stations?

modblog 25/04/2011 0
In September 1972, journalist Bengt Rooke reported in Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet that a 60-strong delegation of American architects and interior d...
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The price of a gold-plated Fog & Mørup Semi

The price of a gold-plated Fog & Mørup Semi

modblog 14/04/2011 0
Following the post we wrote recently about Fog & Mørup’s Golden Line, the range of 24-carat gold-plated versions of F&M’s Semi, Sektor and Milieu pend...
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End of an era: Tivoli's Divan 2 closes

End of an era: Tivoli's Divan 2 closes

modblog 04/04/2011 0
When Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens opens its gates on 14 April for the 2011 summer season, the doors to one of its oldest and most venerated restaurants...
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Poul Henningsen’s lighting manifesto

Poul Henningsen’s lighting manifesto

modblog 18/03/2011 0
In November 1966 Danish homestyle magazine Bo Bedre published a feature by Kirsten Bundgaard in which Poul Henningsen offered his thoughts on lighting...
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Danlite Inc is Fog & Mørup USA

Danlite Inc is Fog & Mørup USA

modblog 11/03/2011 0
Now and again it’s possible to find vintage lights by a New York-based company called Danlite Inc being advertised for sale in the United States. Thes...
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The Senior and the President

The Senior and the President

modblog 03/03/2011 0
In the 1960s Jo Hammerborg designed two table lamps for Fog & Mørup which are easily and often confused. The Senior and the President (pictured in tha...
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Fog & Morup’s Chrome and Golden Lines

Fog & Morup’s Chrome and Golden Lines

modblog 24/02/2011 0
We wrote in an earlier post about cross-model colour coordination at Fog & Morup under Jo Hammerborg’s artistic direction through the 1960s and 1970s,...
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Jo Hammerborg’s smallest light?

Jo Hammerborg’s smallest light?

modblog 04/02/2011 0
One of Jo Hammerborg’s earliest designs for Fog & Mørup, the Kubus (pictured below in an F&M advertisement published in 1961 and in our own photos) is...
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The Schlegel lamp and its Tarok lookalike

The Schlegel lamp and its Tarok lookalike

modblog 28/01/2011 0
Fritz Schlegel’s classic bell-like light for Lyfa, the Schlegel-lampe, designed in 1938, inspired a number of similar designs with which it is often c...
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A little-known light by Preben Dal

A little-known light by Preben Dal

modblog 21/01/2011 0
Featured in Danish homestyle magazine Bo Bedre in January 1962 when his celebrated Symfoni (penultimate image below) was already on prominent display ...
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A rare 1960s wall lamp from Fog & Mørup

A rare 1960s wall lamp from Fog & Mørup

modblog 14/01/2011 0
At first glance the lights below, discovered in Finland, might be mistaken for a wall-mounted version of Verner Panton’s Flowerpot for Louis Poulsen –...
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Poulsen’s IT lamp and the ghost of PH

Poulsen’s IT lamp and the ghost of PH

modblog 07/01/2011 0
In view of their seminal influence both in Denmark and internationally, it is no surprise that Poul Henningsen’s ideas on lighting design were guiding...
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Fog & Mørup lights in Brio miniatures

Fog & Mørup lights in Brio miniatures

modblog 31/12/2010 0
In the early 1970s Swedish toy manufacturer Brio Scanditoy Mobilia produced miniature versions of some of the interior design classics of the day for ...
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Hvidt & Mølgaard’s Fog & Mørup light design

Hvidt & Mølgaard’s Fog & Mørup light design

modblog 17/12/2010 0
Peter Hvidt (1916–1986) and his business partner Orla Mølgaard (aka Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen) (1907–1993) are best known for their furniture – in particu...
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Frandsen’s Fibonacci needs clear bulbs

Frandsen’s Fibonacci needs clear bulbs

modblog 26/11/2010 0
Danish architect Sophus Frandsen created the Fibonacci light, his timeless classic for Fog & Mørup, in the early 1960s. Despite being one of the compa...
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The difference between Nordisk Solar and Anvia star lamps

The difference between Nordisk Solar and Anvia star lamps

modblog 19/11/2010 0
The star-shaped lacquered steel pendant light pictured below seems to embody the space-age style of the late 60s and early 70s, but in fact it was des...
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Colour coordination in Danish lights

Colour coordination in Danish lights

modblog 12/11/2010 0
In the late 1960s both Louis Poulsen and Fog & Mørup launched lines of assorted lamp models in coordinated colours under unifying taglines. In 1968 an...
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The forgotten art of Oluf Gravesen

The forgotten art of Oluf Gravesen

modblog 29/10/2010 0
Danish advertising for items of domestic design in the 1960s and 1970s often followed a very specific format. The featured product would be photograph...
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Distinguishing the Karlebos from the Falcons

Distinguishing the Karlebos from the Falcons

modblog 22/10/2010 0
We have often seen the light pictured in the first image below described as a Falcon, designed by Andreas Hansen and made by Fog & Mørup. But while th...
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F&M Hekla’s fiery Icelandic connection

F&M Hekla’s fiery Icelandic connection

modblog 14/10/2010 0
It is widely known that Fog & Mørup’s mid-1960s Hekla pendant light was created by two furniture designers from Iceland, Petur B Luthersson and Jon Ol...
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Hans Due’s Optima was white at launch

Hans Due’s Optima was white at launch

modblog 30/09/2010 0
Bengt Rooke’s Tidsfasetter, a collation of vintage Scandinavian art and design news, includes an item that appeared in Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet newspap...
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How Fog & Mørup’s Formland avoids dazzle

How Fog & Mørup’s Formland avoids dazzle

modblog 24/09/2010 0
An early 70s edition of Design from Scandinavia reveals the material that architects Sidse Werner and Leif Alring used to create the light-transmittin...
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Quality System – back from obscurity

Quality System – back from obscurity

modblog 16/09/2010 0
From its inception in 1965 until its demise in 1985, Danish lighting company Quality System was hugely successful, and its products, designed by artis...
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Weisdorf’s Konkylie was made for trees

Weisdorf’s Konkylie was made for trees

modblog 06/09/2010 0
Louis Weisdorf’s extraordinary Konkylie ("Conch Shell") light was originally designed for Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, where it hung from trees in glo...
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Piet Hein’s 1969 Ra lamp for Lyfa

Piet Hein’s 1969 Ra lamp for Lyfa

modblog 02/09/2010 0
Bengt Rooke’s Tidsfasetter, a collation of historical art and design news items from Scandinavia, includes a 1969 piece entitled "Piet and Lux and Lyf...
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Verner Panton’s Panthella 3-light

Verner Panton’s Panthella 3-light

modblog 27/08/2010 0
When people come across a vintage Panthella for the first time they often think there’s something wrong with the on/off switch. “It’s not working prop...
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Jo Hammerborg’s Saturn series

Jo Hammerborg’s Saturn series

modblog 24/08/2010 0
One particular group of Fog & Mørup lights by Jo Hammerborg – which for convenience here we will call the Saturn series – embodies Hammerborg’s most e...
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1960s prism lights by Werner Schou for Coronell

1960s prism lights by Werner Schou for Coronell

modblog 20/08/2010 0
The lights pictured below (reproduced from a February 1973 Coronell of Denmark catalogue in our possession) are often said to have been designed by Sw...
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Fog & Mørup’s 1969 Rainbow Line

Fog & Mørup’s 1969 Rainbow Line

modblog 16/08/2010 0
In 1969 four Fog & Mørup light models – Andreas Hansen’s Falcon and Jo Hammerborg’s Juno, Zone and Equator – were brought together in vibrant red, yel...
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A Tivoli tangle

A Tivoli tangle

modblog 12/08/2010 0
The diamond-shaped raw metal wall light pictured below was produced in the 1970s by Holm Sørensen A/S, the company founded by Danish designer Sven Aag...
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Looks like a PH 4/3 but isn't!

Looks like a PH 4/3 but isn't!

modblog 07/08/2010 0
The Penta (below) is a little-known Fog & Morup light designed by Jo Hammerborg and first appearing in the record in 1965. More traditional in form an...
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Five of 100 great Danish designs of 1974

Five of 100 great Danish designs of 1974

modblog 02/08/2010 0
In 1974 a special edition of Mobilia magazine was dedicated to showcasing, as the title of the issue announced, "One Hundred Great Danish Designs!" Th...
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Hidden treasure in the F&M Orient

Hidden treasure in the F&M Orient

modblog 26/07/2010 0
Few people know that when Jo Hammerborg‘s Orient pendant light first appeared on the market in the early 1960s, the range included a version of the Or...
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The spiral that's not a Lyfa Weisdorf

The spiral that's not a Lyfa Weisdorf

modblog 22/07/2010 0
It's not uncommon to see one or other of the two spiral-structured lamps pictured below being attributed to Louis Weisdorf for Lyfa. Usually in these ...
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Jo Hammerborg’s earliest F&M designs

Jo Hammerborg’s earliest F&M designs

modblog 19/07/2010 0
When Jo Hammerborg joined Fog & Mørup in 1957 he lost no time in transforming the company’s product range and bringing it firmly into the modern age. ...
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The uniquely Danish concept of hygge

The uniquely Danish concept of hygge

modblog 15/07/2010 0
From time to time we hear someone in Denmark describing a vintage light – usually one that gives out a warm glow, such as Claus Bolby's Veega (picture...
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Jo Hammerborg’s Sera and Dano lights

Jo Hammerborg’s Sera and Dano lights

modblog 12/07/2010 0
One of several themes that ran through Jo Hammerborg’s work at Fog & Mørup during the 1960s was that his lights were often produced in either two or t...
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Zero: probably Fog & Mørup's largest and rarest light

Zero: probably Fog & Mørup's largest and rarest light

modblog 06/07/2010 0
The multi-cylindrical Zero (pictured below), a classic Jo Hammerborg creation dating from late 1970 or early 1971, is a strong candidate for the title...
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Fog & Mørup's 1970s collaboration with Arabia

Fog & Mørup's 1970s collaboration with Arabia

modblog 03/07/2010 0
In the mid-1970s Fog & Mørup made a brief return to its roots in ironmongery when it embarked upon a collaboration with Finnish company Arabia which e...
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Lyfa’s iF Product Design Awards

Lyfa’s iF Product Design Awards

modblog 28/06/2010 0
The International Forum (iF) Product Design Awards have been presented annually since 1953 to products deemed by an international committee of experts...
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Jo Hammerborg's Zenith pendant

Jo Hammerborg's Zenith pendant

modblog 21/06/2010 0
One of the most frequently misattributed Fog & Mørup lights is the Zenith, pictured below, whose designer is often given as Simon P Henningsen, son of...
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Looks like Bent Karlby for Lyfa, but isn't!

Looks like Bent Karlby for Lyfa, but isn't!

modblog 17/06/2010 0
With its structure of concentric metal squares and the light effects produced by the overlapping layers, it is perhaps unsurprising that the red and w...
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Ole Panton's Seks-tre-pendel

Ole Panton's Seks-tre-pendel

modblog 14/06/2010 0
One of the more elusive lights produced by Lyfa in the 1960s is the Seks-tre-pendel (pictured below, left), an unorthodox creation by Ole Panton. Born...
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The Louis Poulsen Bornholmpendel

The Louis Poulsen Bornholmpendel

modblog 03/06/2010 0
The Bornholmpendel is rarely seen today, but in 1967 it was chosen by Louis Poulsen to feature on the front cover of its product catalogue.The light w...
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Henningsen & Schwalbe’s Kassablanka

Henningsen & Schwalbe’s Kassablanka

modblog 31/05/2010 0
Constructed from four interlocking cubes with cutouts that allow only indirect light to emerge, Simon P. Henningsen’s Kassablanka pendant light was de...
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The 1970 launch of F&M’s Formland

The 1970 launch of F&M’s Formland

modblog 27/05/2010 0
Bent Rooke’s fascinating Tidsfasetter, a collation of art and design news items from Scandinavia stretching back to the 1960s, includes an article on ...
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Fog & Mørup’s iF Product Design Awards

Fog & Mørup’s iF Product Design Awards

modblog 20/05/2010 0
Initiated in 1953, the International Forum (iF) Product Design Awards are presented annually to products deemed by its jury of international experts t...
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Preben Dal: the mystery man of lights

Preben Dal: the mystery man of lights

modblog 20/05/2010 0
Who was Preben Dal? Nobody seems to know anything about the man who designed the wonderful Symfoni series for Hans Følsgaard A/S.Many are even unsure ...
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Hvidt, Hvidt & Mølgaard's Safari

Hvidt, Hvidt & Mølgaard's Safari

modblog 07/05/2010 0
Nordisk Solar Compagni’s Safari pendant light, pictured below, is often attributed to Jørgen Gammelgaard, but was in fact designed in the 1970s by eng...
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Three of a kind

Three of a kind

modblog 28/04/2010 0
Danish lighting companies Louis Poulsen, Lyfa and Nordisk Solar Compagni have all produced lamps with a very similar shape. The Poulsen version is inc...
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Verner Panton and Poulsen's LamPetit

Verner Panton and Poulsen's LamPetit

modblog 25/04/2010 0
Did Verner Panton design Louis Poulsen's versatile LamPetit? Certainly the compact little lamp is unexpected for its 1966 date, looking more like some...
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The precursor to Bent Karlby's Pan series for Lyfa

The precursor to Bent Karlby's Pan series for Lyfa

modblog 22/04/2010 0
Most collectors of midcentury Danish lighting are aware of Bent Karlby's designs for Lyfa, which include several of the company's most sought-after pi...
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