Fog & Mørup

Fog Morup blog postsFog & Mørup was formed in Aarhus in 1904 when 24-year-old friends Ansgar Fog and E Mørup took over an ironmongery business. In 1906 the pair moved the business to Copenhagen and began to specialise in lighting, expanding rapidly over the next two decades as they took over other lighting companies. It was in the early 1960s that Fog & Morup really emerged as a significant force in lighting design, following its 1957 appointment of Jo Hammerborg as head of design. Hammerborg initiated what was to prove the most creative and commercially successful period in F&M's history, and his sleek modernist designs became the company's trademark style throughout the 60s and into the 70s, propelling Fog & Morup into the forefront of Danish modern lighting. Towards the end of the 1970s F&M merged with another leading lighting producer, Lyfa, but the glory days ended with Jo Hammerborg’s departure in 1980. Lyfa–Fog & Mørup was taken over shortly afterwards by a mass-market lighting producer, Lyskaer, and the Fog & Mørup brand was abandoned. Read our extended profile of Fog & Mørup here.

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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