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Gunnel Nyman Rare Rattan Ceiling Lamp

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  • Description
    A unique ceiling pendant, designed by the fabulous Gunnel Nyman for Idman in the Mid-Twentieth Century. An extremely rare example of her lighting design, the scalloped shade is simply fantastic! This one is very special and made of individual pieces of rattan stitched together with linen yarn. Includes an opal glass dish to diffuse the 2-lamp source, brass detail, stem & canopy has a soft nickel finish. The shade mount is adjustable.

    Dimensions: Shade: 26" x 16" H, Stem + Canopy 16" H, Glass Dish 12" Diameter

    Artist: Gunnel Nyman (Finland, 1909-1948) The quality of light as embodied in glass was a major interest for Nyman. She was also fascinated by the instantaneous solidification of the liquid glass mass. She considered material an essential factor in design; form, proportion, and decoration were only there to enhance the properties inherent in the material. Trained as a furniture designer, Nyman also created metalwork for ecclesiastical use as well as lighting, most notably for Helsinki's Swedish Theater, which she designed in collaboration with the Taito OY metalsmiths in 1935 when the richly decorated facade of the building was replaced with a new functionalist design by Eero Saarinen & Jarl Eklund.
    Although Gunnel Nyman's career was cut short by an untimely death, she had time enough to give a new direction to Finnish design. Her work foreshadowed the work of the 1950s and 1960s Finnish glass designers.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Notes: catalogue
    Origin: Finland
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Rattan, Opal Glass, Brass
    Condition: Good. minor wear to the edges, patina to brass, overall good condition
    Creation Date: 1948
    Styles / Movements: Collectible Design, Mid Century, Scandinavian Modern
    Dealer Reference #: BR3
    Incollect Reference #: 646641
  • Dimensions
    H. 16 in; H.2. 20 in; Diam. 26 in;
    H. 40.64 cm; H.2. 50.8 cm; Diam. 66.04 cm;
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