Paavo Tynell for Taito Floor Lamp in Brass and Leather
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Paavo Tynell for Taito, floor lamp, model 9608, brass, leather, Finland, 1950s.
Elegant floor lamp by Finnish master of lights Paavo Tynell. This admirable floor lamp stands on a delicate round brass base from which a thin brass stem rises upwards. A cognac leather strip with a beautiful patina is wrapped around the stem in regular lines, slightly underneath the curve. A rounded shade, also executed in brass, features a perforated decoration in a waving pattern. This floor lamp shows the strong traits of Tynell’s designs, like the brave combination of brass and leather, elegant forms and delicate craftsmanship.
Finnish designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973) began his career as a blacksmith. After studying to become a master craftsman at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, he founded his own manufacturing company named Taito Oy. During his career, he collaborated with fellow Finnish designers and architects such as Alvar Aalto. Their collaboration proved to be very fruitful and achieved Tynell’s reputation of “the man who illuminated Finland.” Tynell’s international design influence grew thanks to the Finland House located in New York and allowed him to see himself trusted with prestigious orders both for public buildings such as the UN but also for important private collections. Based on existing models, custom versions were ordered by the Finnish upper-class. Tynell's designs are characterized by organic forms and the use of perforated brass in combination with unusual materials for lighting such as straw and cane.
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