Rare Paavo Tynell for Idman Pendant Lamp with Wavy Surface in Brass
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Paavo Tynell for Idman, rare pendant lamp, brass, Finland, 1960s
Exclusive chandelier by Finnish lamp designer Paavo Tynell for Idman. The wavy texture of the shade was used by Tynell for chandeliers and also for a table lamp. Yet, this way of structuring the surface stays rare within Tynell’s oeuvre. This particular lamp was designed in the late 1950s/early 1960s. It features an expressively formed shade that opens towards the ceiling. In the center, four lightbulbs create a ceiling orientated light. A trapezoid arm connects the shade with the ceiling fixture. With a width of 65 cm (25.59 in.) the lamp has a wonderful size.
Regarding the provenance is to say that the lamp was received by the previous owners as a wedding gift in the 1960s. The owner’s father learned under Paavo Tynell and worked for Taito Oy and later Idman. More details can be revealed on request.
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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