Arne Jacobsen


AJ Royal pendant


Product Description

Arne Jacobsen

AJ Royal pendant

Spun aluminium and steel, painted, matt white opal glass.

H:22,5cm  Dia:50cm

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.

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen (1902-1971) is one of the most famous and most loveable Danish architects and designers.

Educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, professor at the Academy (1956-65).

Today, Arne Jacobsen is remembered primarily for his simple but effective furniture designs. However, he believed he was first and foremost an architect, well-known for his contribution to architectural functionalism. He never used the word 'designer', notoriously disliking it.

His way into product design came through his interest in Gesamtkunst and most of his designs which later became famous in their own right were created for architectural projects. Most of his furniture designs were the result of a cooperation with the furniture manufacturer Fritz Hansen with which he initiated a collaboration in 1934 while his lamps and light fixtures were developed with Louis Poulsen.

It was during the 1950s that his interest in furniture design peaked.