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Vintage Scandi & Danish midcentury modern lighting

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Askepot industrial-style pendant light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1970s

Askepot, which translates into English as Cinderella, is an unusual industrial-style Jo Hammerborg p..

£175.00

Central industrial pendant light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1967

Designed in 1967 with a diameter of 22.5cm and height of 31.5cm, the Central is a member of Jo Hamme..

£199.00

Chocolate brown LilleBror wall lamp/spotlight by Louis Poulsen of Denmark, 1970s

Dating from the mid 1970s (the vintage advert included above is from a November 1976 magazine), this..

£99.00

Corona Danish art light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, early 60s

With its futuristic rocket-shaped outline, Jo Hammerborg's Corona is a space-age classic and beautif..

£320.00

Dania pendant light designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1960s

Designed by Fog & Mørup's head of design Jo Hammerborg and produced by F&M in the late 1960s..

£375.00

Danish 1950s midcentury modern pendant light by Bent Karlby for Lyfa

Designed by Danish architect-designer Bent Karlby and produced by Lyfa in the 1950s, this midcentury..

£320.00

Danish hygge style Matador lamp by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1960s

A little known and rarely seen Jo Hammerborg design entitled Matador, this is the perfect lamp for c..

£199.00

Danish modern pendant light in brass, designed by Bent Karlby for Lyfa, 1960s On Hold

Danish modern pendant light in brass, designed by Bent Karlby for Lyfa, 1960s

Danish architect Bent Karlby's classic Pan pendant light was made in the 1960s in two versions, a pl..

£475.00

Danish modern Zenith pendant light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup

One of Hammerborg’s most easily recognised and most widely imitated design concepts was a structure ..

£120.00

Data pendant light by Bjarne Bo for Fog & Mørup, 1970s orange

An ultra-rare collectors' item, this ufo-like pendant light was created at the beginning of the 1970..

£99.00

Dome wall light designed by Hvidt & Mølgaard for Fog & Mørup, 1970s

Designed in the 1970s by Danish architects Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen and produced by lea..

£125.00

Dublé wall lamp designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1970s

This classic 1970s modernist wall lamp was produced in Denmark by Fog & Mørup and designed by th..

£125.00

Eiffel modernist pendant light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, mid 1960s

Dating to the late 1950s/early 60s, the Eiffel (aka the Eifel) was one of Jo Hammerborg's earliest d..

£245.00

ES Horn of Denmark white space-age ball-shaped pendant light, 1960s/70s

This classic space-age glossy white enamelled steel pendant light was made by Danish lighting compan..

£120.00

Green Falcon pendant light by Andreas Hansen for Fog & Morup, 1960s

The Falcon was designed by Andreas Hansen for Fog & Mørup in the early 1960s, this example in a ..

£299.00

Hydra II pendant light designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1969

A decade after creating his seminal and much-copied Saturn pendant light, Jo Hammerborg designed the..

£245.00

Mandalay pendant lamp designed by Andreas Hansen for Louis Poulsen

Designed by Andreas Hansen and produced in the 1970s by Louis Poulsen A/S, the Mandalay has a diamet..

£145.00

Metro pendant light designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup

A classic early (pre-1963) Jo Hammerborg design in his much-imitated signature copper-and-black comb..

£275.00

Midcentury 1950s Danish designer cased glass pendant light by Lyfa

This high-quality 1950s pendant lighting fixture was produced by Danish lighting company Lyfa and is..

£235.00

Orient Major pendant light designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup

The first five years of Jo Hammerborg's 23-year reign as head of design at Fog & Mørup were the ..

£499.00

Orient table lamp designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1968 On Hold

Orient table lamp designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1968

Designed by Fog & Mørup's head of design Jo Hammerborg circa 1968, this spun aluminium Orient ta..

£225.00

Phister wall light (brown) designed by Hans Due for Fog & Mørup, 1970s

This Phister wall lamp was designed by Hans Due in the 1970s and produced by top Danish lighting com..

£99.00

Phister wall light (green) designed by Hans Due for Fog & Mørup, 1970s

This Phister wall lamp was designed by Hans Due in the 1970s and produced by top Danish lighting com..

£99.00

Poker pendant light designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1970s

In strong, glossy laquered metal with a diameter of 20cm and a height of 19cm, Jo Hammerborg's Poker..

£145.00

Rare brushed aluminium Fog & Mørup Semi pendant light for Norway, 1960s

The Semi was designed in 1967 by Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup and was one of Fog & Mørup's ..

£295.00

Red Ny-Mag ball lamp pair by Abo Randers of Denmark, 1960s

Offered as a matching pair (but with non-matching on/off switches), these top-quality vintage pop..

£90.00

Regent spun aluminium and ebonised wood table lamp by Jo Hammerborg

The Regent is an elegant table lamp designed by Jo Hammerborg in the mid-1960s and produced by top D..

£199.00

Sektor pendant light designed by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup

Designed by Jo Hammerborg and put into production by Fog & Mørup in the mid 1970s, the uncomprom..

£120.00

Small orange ES Horn Belysning of Denmark ball pendant spotlight, 1960s/70s

Measuring 13 cm in diameter and height, this small ball pendant is designed for use as a h..

£65.00

Top-quality classic Danish modern layered pendant lamp by Form-Light

This stunning multilayered pendant light fixture is an original and rarely seen Danish Form-Lig..

£499.00

Vesuv pendant light pair by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1960s

Jo Hammerborg's early 1960s Vesuv came in two sizes, and here we have a rarely seen example of both ..

£450.00

Vintage Danish modern art lamp with psychedelic aurora effect, 1980s

Offered for sale individually (the price shown is for one lamp but we have two available), these spe..

£499.00

Scandi & Danish midcentury modern lighting

Lighting is an essential element of midcentury Scandi modern design, playing a key role in the aesthetics and functionality of modernist interiors. In Denmark, the birthplace of midcentury modern, lighting design has been treated as an integral part of architecture ever since Danish modernist design principles first emerged in the mid-20th century, and at the peak of the midcentury era architectural project briefs would invariably include a complete specification for lighting. This is the reason so many Scandi architects, including Andreas Hansen, Bent Karlby, Jørn Utzon and Louis Weisdorf, were actively invoved in lamp design in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Why we love Scandi & Danish midcentury modern lighting

During the midcentury era the production quality of household fittings like lights and lamps was extremely high, especially in the affluent Scandi nations, and particularly at the luxury end of the market occupied by modern design-driven companies such as Fog & Mørup, Lyfa, Louis Poulsen and Nordisk Solar Compagni. No expense was spared by these companies in the development and production of their light fittings, which were designed and built to last a lifetime.

Inevitably this approach meant the lights were often expensive, sometimes costing the equivalent of a week's average wage at the time. But their high quality means that many of them are still in excellent condition today, half a century or more after they were produced, while their timeless modernist style remains fresh and relevant to both retro modern and contemporary modern homes.

How to use Scandi & Danish midcentury modern lighting

The role of lighting in midcentury modern interior design is to help define different activity zones and to create appropriate lighting and atmosphere for each area. These functions originate in the open-plan architecture of Scandi midcentury modern interiors, but are also appropriate to non-open-plan layouts. In the Scandi midcentury lighting style, instead of using just one or two centrally-positioned light fittings to illuminate an entire room, multiple lights are deployed across different areas to provide specific activity-appropriate illumination.

For example, a localised pool of light beside an armchair or over a coffee table will create a cosy area for reading or relaxing, while a pendant lamp hung just above head height over a dining table can provide a well-lit but glare-free and inviting environment for family meals and entertaining dinner guests. Indeed, one of the defining characteristics of the midcentury modern lighting style is that pendant lamps are often hung low or even very low when they're being used to provide localised ambient light in the Danish hygge mode. Pairs and multiples are also a common feature.

Check out our gallery of original Scandi and Danish midcentury modern lighting styles below for ideas and inspiration.

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