Hans Bergström for Ateljé Lyktan Early Chandelier in Brass
Hans Bergström for Ateljé Lyktan, chandelier, model no. 7 ‘Grisarumpan’, brass, fabric, Sweden, 1934-1940
This wonderful early chandelier was designed by renowned Swedish architect and design Hans Bergström in the second half of the 1930s for his recently established company Ateljé Lyktan. The charming chandelier showcases fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. The chandelier features six lampshades in fabric with a tapered shape, ensuring a balanced distribution of light throughout the space. Its polished brass framework displays intricate artistry, with a complex arrangement of tubes secured by distinctive brass wires. From its exquisite material selection to its harmonious composition and expert craftsmanship, this chandelier truly exemplifies the highest standard of excellence that Hans Bergström is known for.
Hans Bergström (1910-1996), a luminary figure hailing from the realm of Swedish architecture and design, was born on November 4, 1910, in Karlshamn, Sweden. After his completion of secondary school in 1927, Hans embarked on an internship at Ystad Metall, a local craft industry situated near his grandfather's farm. In 1929, he sought further education and enrolled at the esteemed School of Art and Design in Stockholm. Remarkably, even before his graduation from this institution, at the age of twenty, Hans showcased his prowess as a designer for Ystad Metall at the prestigious Stockholm Exhibition in 1930.
In the 1920s, Hans encountered his future wife Verna during the summer holidays in his native town of Karlshamn. In 1934, the couple jointly established the company ateljé Lyktan, a venture that combined their collaborative efforts in luminaire design and various artistic pursuits. Bergström undertook various commissions spanning a wide range of architectural environments, including churches, private residences, and public buildings. It was from this point forward that Bergström spearheaded a revolution in Swedish luminaire manufacturing, fundamentally transforming the perception and application of electric lighting in the coming decades.
During the advent of the 1950s, the emergence of plastic as a novel material in modern lighting captured Hans' attention. As the United States gradually introduced plastic as a material of significance, Bergström encountered a method involving the application of sprayed plastic onto a rotating wire frame, facilitated by a spray gun. Interestingly, this technique bore certain resemblances to the later approach employed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in the creation of their Viscontea Lamp (1960), reminiscent of a cocoon, designed for Flos. Recognizing the vast potential offered by this new technology, he successfully managed to get a patent for the production.
For a span of three decades, Bergström held the position of creative director at ateljé Lyktan and served as the sole designer of the company until the early 1960s. A significant portion of his designs were unique pieces, numbered but lacking specific names. Through his pioneering work, Bergström emerged as a leading figure in the realm of modern Swedish lighting fixtures. On June 14, 1996, Hans Bergström passed away at the age of 86, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.
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