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Original midcentury modern lighting from Denmark

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Arabia Finel Kehrä set by Kaj Franck and Raija Uosikkinen for Fog & Mørup

In the mid-1970s Danish lighting company Fog & Mørup collaborated with Arabia of Finland to prod..

£735.00

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..

£199.00

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

Copper Diskos pendant light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1960s

Resembling a minimalist flying saucer, Jo Hammerborg's mid-1960s Diskos design is a space-age classi..

£325.00

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..

£255.00

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..

£299.00

Danish 1950s midcentury modern P528 pendant light by Bent Karlby for Lyfa

Designed by Danish architect-designer Bent Karlby and produced by Lyfa in the 1950s, this P528 midce..

£375.00

Danish art light Octagon by Lyfa in orange and grey 1960s

This rare and spectacular Danish art light in rich orange and battleship grey lacquered metal is ent..

£720.00

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..

£120.00

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..

£120.00

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..

£275.00

Facet-Pop Danish art light designed by Louis Weisdorf for Lyfa, 1970s

Designed by Danish architect Louis Weisdorf and issued by Lyfa in 1970, the Facet-Pop is constructed..

£380.00

Flowerpot main section in orange Verner Panton for Louis Poulsen 1960s

Offered as a spare part, this is the main section of an original 1960s production of Verner Panton's..

£69.00

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 ..

£249.00

Lento table/desk lamp by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1960s

Jo Hammerborg's Lento table/desk lamp series was launched by Fog & Mørup in the mid-1960s in thr..

£425.00

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

Max Bruel Hi-Fi brass candesticks for Torben Ørskov

Offered for sale individually, these elegant brass candlesticks were designed in 1960 by Danish a..

£45.00

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..

£270.00

Midcentury Danish designer opal glass pendant light by Lyfa

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

£235.00

Multi-layered Danish modern pendant light made in Denmark

Made from layers of super-strong powder-coated steel which is almost completely resistant to dent..

£250.00

Optima brown double floor lamp by Hans Due for Fog & Mørup, early 70s

Hans Due's ufo-style lamp series Optima was launched by Fog & Mørup in 1972 and consisted of sev..

£450.00

Optima pendant light designed by Hans Due for Fog & Mørup, 1970s

Hans Due's ufo-like Optima lamp series was launched by Fog & Mørup in October 1972 in white, wit..

£120.00

Orange Radius pendant light designed by Erik Balslev for Fog & Mørup

The Radius is a striking multi-layered pendant Danish art light designed by Erik Balslev for Fog &am..

£375.00

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 ..

£450.00

Påfugl (Peacock) art light for the wall designed by Bent Karlby for Lyfa, 1970s

Like many of Bent Karlby's designs of this period, the Påfugl is an artwork at least as much as it i..

£750.00

Pair of Alfa wall lamps by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup, 1960s

One of Jo Hammerborg's first wave of lighting designs for Fog & Mørup, the Alfa wall light and i..

£425.00

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

Roulet copper pendant light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Morup, late 50s

One of the first lamps created by Jo Hammerborg when he joined Fog & Mørup as head of design in ..

£375.00

Saturn pendant light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Morup, 1960s

The Saturn was one of Jo Hammerborg's first designs when he took over as director of design at Fog &..

£475.00

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

Semi pendant light pair by Bonderup & Thorup for Fog & Mørup/Lyfa, 1970s

Designed in 1967 by Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup and put into production by Fog & Mørup whi..

£280.00

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

The Sera pendant light first appears in the record in 1968 and with its diameter of 38cm and height ..

£340.00

Tunika pendant light by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Morup, early 1960s

Tunika was one of Jo Hammerborg's earliest lamp designs, first appearing in a magazine advert in 196..

£295.00

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

This spectacular and ultra-rare Danish modern wall lamp is an artwork as much as a lighting fixture ..

£235.00

White 1970s Abo Randers Stat Danish ball lamp

A late 1970s or early 1980s version of the Stat bubble lamp designed by P Bosque and produced by ..

£70.00

Danish midcentury modern lighting

What's so special about Danish midcentury modern lighting?

Lighting is an essential element of midcentury 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 modern 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 Danish architects, including Andreas HansenBent KarlbyJørn Utzon and Louis Weisdorf, were actively invoved in lamp design in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

During this era the production quality of household fittings like lights and lamps was extremely high, especially in the affluent Scandinavian nations, and particularly at the luxury end of the market occupied by modern design-driven companies like 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 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 midcentury modern interiors, but are also appropriate to non-open-plan layouts. In the Danish 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 Danish midcentury modern lighting styles below for ideas and inspiration.

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