Hans-Agne Jakobsson

Swedish, 1919 - 2009
Born in 1919 in Gotland, Sweden, Hans Agne Jakobsson was undeniably one of the world's most versatile and productive lighting designers, creating more than 2,000 models over a fifty year career. He apprenticed as a carpenter before studying architecture in Gothenburg, after which he worked as an industrial designer for General Motors. Then, after working as an assistant to the designers Carl Malmsten and Werner West, in 1951 he founded his own company. Jakobsson was strongly inspired by Poul Henningsen's non-dazzle lighting, in which diffused indirect lighting structures a space and transforms the fixture into a sculpture. That aesthetic can be seen throughout his oeuvre. His designs include the laminated pine fixtures he developed in the mid-fifties, which were followed in the late fifties by very large bulbous brass chandeliers that were intended for public buildings, with smaller scale versions created for private homes, and brass light fixtures with colorful silk fringes in the mid-sixties. Around 1970, Hans-Agne Jakobsson launched a range of lights with clear references to pop art and Verner Panton.
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