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Paavo Tynell Model "556" Pendant Light for Taito Oy, Finland 1930s

$ 4,180
  • Description
    Surrounding countries exerted a strong influence of the developing ‘Finnish Style’ initially, but a dialogue with nature was to become the prime force in the ongoing evolution of the country’s design. This relationship with Nature was much in evidence in early 20th century Finnish design, which actively expanded on the metaphors and motifs therein.

    Paavo Tynell founded Oy Taito Ab in 1918, which became the Finnish lighting industry trendsetter during the interwar period. In his functionalistic inspired lamps, Tynell took into account how the lamp was to be used, the colour of the light, and the opal glass's nuances. This model “556” pendant light dates to the designer’s pre-brass era and is in an early modern functionalist style. The pendant is composed of nickeled metal and a uniquely shaped opal glass shade. The design in quite succinct, with clear lines and precision in the smallest details. The main decorative element remains the shade itself; the ribbed glass has horizontal grooves and an hourglass shape. Aided by a light colour tint, the glass shade has a warm and bright look when lit. Tynell was a master of subtle, dimmed lighting and has an outstanding sense of proportions and balance. The subtle light is therefore paired with the shiny nickeled canopy, tube, and pendant holder while the long, straight tube accentuates the shade’s shape.

    By the end of the 1930s, Finland’s international reputation for great design was established, thanks in no small part to the work of giants like Alvar Aalto, but also to Paavo Tynell who had been designing innovative lighting and new forms of glass throughout the decade – designs still popular today.

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Some small marks on the metal parts.

    7.48 in ? x 33.66 in H
    19 cm ? x 85.5 cm H

    About the designer:
    Paavo Tynell (1890-1973) was an industrial designer, known as the great pioneer of Finnish lighting design and fondly dubbed as “the man who illuminated Finland”.

    Tyne was one of the founders and chief designers of Taito Oy – the first industrial producer of lighting fixtures in Finland. With the innovation of electricity in the beginning of the 20th century, Taito Oy and Tynell expanded the thinking and manufacturing of modern lighting solutions in Europe and abroad.

    Paavo Tynell rose to prominence in the 1930s and 40s where he collaborated with some of the most renowned Finnish architects, Alvar Aalto being the most notable one. Working to incorporate artificial lighting into modern environments, Tynell’s company Taito Oy produced fixtures for all of Alvar Aalto’s major projects including the Paimio Sanatorium and the Viipuri Library.

    Tynell was especially appraised through his involvement with the Finland House, a design atelier in New York that showcased the work of Finnish designers and craftspeople. His elegant brass designs became an instant success in North America, and he began creating lighting designs for the prestigious American company, Lightolier.

    A master craftsman himself, Tynell’s designs were derivative of a traditional aesthetic with a modern sensibility, mixed with an extensive use of perforated and polished brass as material. Marked by delicacy and softness, his most famous forms in lightning echo the structures of nature; he adroitly created sculptural shapes reminiscent of the branches of trees, swirling snowflakes and seashells.

    This lamp will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.

    VAT normally applies and will be added to items when purchased by a European buyer or transported to a location within the EU.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Finland
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Glass, Metal
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use. Some small marks on the metal parts.
    Creation Date: 1930s
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: 20231514
    Incollect Reference #: 630174
  • Dimensions
    H. 33.66 in; Diam. 7.48 in;
    H. 85.5 cm; Diam. 19 cm;
Message from Seller:

Located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, H. Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary design with a strong focus on Brazil and Scandinavia. The gallery strives to preserve and promote especially Brazil's rich design heritage and curates a select group of contemporary artists. Meticulous research, ie getting in contact with the original designers, producers, their heirs, and retrieving and indexing old catalogues and magazines is at the heart of its activities. All works presented excel in great

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