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Yki Nummi Purple 'Kuplat' Pendant for Innolux Oy, Finland

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Origin Finland
Period New
Materials Acrylic, metal.
Dimensions
H. 11.8 in; Diam. 15.75 in;
H. 29.97 cm; Diam. 40.01 cm;
Condition Excellent. Single 75 watt max e27 medium base bulb; Metal canopy with 4.5 ft of European wired cord.
Creation Date Re-Edition
Description Yki Nummi Purple 'Kuplat' Pendant for Innolux Oy, Finland. Designed in 1959, Nummi's iconic light consists of two acrylic shades of different colors, one nesting inside the other. The name Kuplat means bubbles in Finnish. As Nummi once astutely observed, ”People don’t buy lamps, they buy light”. This radiant directs its beautiful light through white acrylic inner shade, which functions as a reflecting surface for the light and brightens the light passing through. The outer transparent acrylic shade comes in smoke grey, transparent, purple, sand, red and orange. This authorized re-edition is made in Finland with the highest quality materials by Innolux Oy.

Yki Nummi (1925-1984) is considered one of the most remarkable mid-century Scandinavian designers. He worked as lighting designer for the Finnish Stockmann-Orno Luminaire factory from 1950-1975 and designed hundreds of light fixtures during this period. Nummi’s best-known luminaires are the Modern Art table lamp and the Lokki pendant lamp, also known as “The Flying Saucer”. Nummi first studied mathematics and physics at university after World War Two. Afterward, he took a degree in decorative painting at the Institute of Applied Arts in Helsinki in 1950. Based on his education, Nummi had a firm theoretical foundation, especially in the relationship of light and color.

Yki Nummi was a Pioneer in his field particularly when it came to designing acrylic lamps. As a new material at the beginning of the 20th century, acrylic brought countless new possibilities to the design of lamps. In fact, Nummi used plastic quite without preconceptions. In his view, the interesting features of acrylic were its moulding capability, homogeneous nature and a better impact strength than that of glass. In addition to designing lighting, Nummi was an expert in color schemes and design. Between 1958 and 1975, Nummi worked at Schildt & Hallberg’s Tikkurila paint factory as head of the factory’s design and planning department and participated in R & D for the new paint mixing system that produced innovative color charts. Yki Nummi participated in a large number of exhibitions and trade fairs. He was awarded gold medals for his works at the Milan Triennials of 1954 and 1957.

Price is per item. In-stock lead time 2-3 weeks or less. Out of stock lead time up to 10-12 weeks. Please note in-stock availability subject to change. For time sensitive orders, please inquire prior to purchasing.
Styles / Movements Contemporary, Modern, Scandinavian Modern
Dealer Reference Number 320110R
Incollect Reference Number 230509
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