AJ Royal pendant
Spun aluminium and steel, painted, matt white opal glass.
Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1960’s
In 1956, Arne Jacobsen was commissioned by Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) to erect a multi-purpose tower in the centre of Copenhagen (an airline terminal, a travel agency and a hotel). From the outset he conceived a Gesamtkunstwerk, an all-embracing art form for which he designed not only the remarkable building but every detail inside, including furniture (such as the Swan chair and the renowned Egg armchair), upholstery, tableware, door handles, and so on.
He also designed this elegant lamp in 1957 for the SAS Royal Hotel’s bar and restaurant in Copenhaguen, the AJ Royal pendant is now a classic in the world of lighting.
Its geometric semi-sphere form, both modern and timeless, guarantees strong architectural adaptability, and the lamp can now unsurprisingly be found in bars, hotels, public buildings, businesses and private residences around the world.
The light diffused by the AJ Royal lamp, is cleverly directed downwards through a semi-opaque glass disk, thus making it soft and glare-free. A smaller part of the light is directed towards the ceiling, through the open steel rings at the top of the shade.