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Pendant light “Nova” by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup. Denmark 1960s


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Height: 20 centimeters, Width: 40 centimeters, Depth: 40 centimeters

The Nova Pendant is one of the most instantly recognizable modernist lighting pieces, designed in 1963 by Johannes “Jo” Hammerborg, then head of design at Danish lighting manufacturer Fog & Mørup. One in a series of streamlined, refined lighting pieces produced by Fog & Mørup and driven by Hammerborg’s creative vision in the late 1950s and early 1960s, the Nova Lamp stands out for its simple, dynamic form of three angled, graduating tiers in copper, brass, or aluminum. The piece epitomizes 1960s modernist optimism, reflecting a postwar fascination with the burgeoning space age.

Solid brass with yellow hue on the inside of the shades. Good condition with a few scratches and small copper stains as seen in the photos. Standard E27 light bulb socket.

Johannes (Jo) Hammerborg grew up right outside of Randers, in a regular middle-class family. He trained as a silversmith, participated in Denmark’s resistance and struggle for freedom in 1940-45 as a saboteur, studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and worked as a silversmith at Georg Jensen. In 1957, he was hired as a chief designer at the lamp manufacturer Fog & Mørup, where he worked until 1980.

And now, decades later, his coveted lamps are in high demand, and they are being sold in antique shops.

I try to make the pictures reflect the true look, color and condition of the piece. If you have any questions or want additional photos please send a PM before buying.

Additional information

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 40 × 40 × 20 cm

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