J.T. Kalmar 'Pelikan' Floor Lamp with Bright Yellow Shades
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J.T. Kalmar, floor lamp 'Pelikan,' metal, fabric, green marble, brass, Austria, 1950s.
Slender floor lamp with chracteristic and inventive adjustable height mechanism. The base holds one shade, that is faced towards the ceiling. The other shade is held by a brass arm, which can be positioned at different heights. The metal stern is high and small and resembles a bird on one foot, hence the title Pelikan. The combination of the brass details with the yellow and white shades results in a beautiful mixture of Classic and modern.
J.T. Kalmar took over his father's company in 1919. Being a strong advocate of the Arts & Crafts movement, lead Kalmar to guide his fathers company away from the eclecticism of the late 19th century towards a design aesthetic that was characterized by an integration of form and function and a blend of classical tradition with forward-facing innovation. Using traditional materials like glass, bronze, and brass, his designs, including this pendant, lacked ornament, favoring instead a purist aesthetic.