Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy 'Concerto' Chandelier in Brass and Beige Glass
Paavo Tynell for Taito Oy, chandelier from the 'Concerto' series, model '9029/5', brass, glass, metal, Finland, 1948
This majestic chandelier is designed by the master in the fields of lighting Paavo Tynell and is part of the 'Concerto' line. From a curved plate with elegant cut edges, lamp shades and multiple rods adorned with mesh leafs and spiral rosette ornaments diverge in various directions by means of smart connections. An intricate and complex construction that seduces the eye by all means. This poetic composition could be interpreted as the 'anatomy of a flower': the plate can be seen as the soil from which the flowers grow and the rods are reminiscent of the roots. The beige-toned glass shades radiate a warm, diffused light that gets beautifully captured by the brass, highlighting the whole unit. This design is certainly a work of art in its own right.
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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