A pair of brass wall lights, 1940s

Paavo Tynell 1890-1973

A pair of brass wall lights, 1940s
Manufactured and marked by Taito Oy, Finland

Provenance:
Town Hall, Helsinki,

Literature:
Hundred Years of Finnish Design, Rafaela and Kaj Forsblom collection, exh. cat., Stockholm, 2017, p. 181, for another example of this model.

These lamps are believed to be from an edition of eight made especially for Helsinki City Town Hall.

Year 1940´s
Artist Paavo Tynell 1890-1973
Price Price on request
Materials Brass
Height 40 cm

The story behind

Paavo Viljo Tynell (1890–1973) was a Finnish designer who is best known for his lighting fixtures and lamps. Among other things, Tynell designed the lighting for the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in New York and for the Parliament House and Lasipalatsi building in Helsinki
Tynell attended the Central School of Applied Arts in Helsinki, and he taught metalwork there from 1917 to 1923. He was one of the founders and the main designer of Taito company, and managing director of the firm from 1918 to 1953. The founders included designer Eric O. W. Ehrström, sculptor Emil Wikström, goldsmith Frans Nykänen and Gösta Serlachius who acted as investor. He collaborated with distinguished Finnish architects, including Alvar Aalto, and his lamps were widely sold not only in Finland but in the United States too, where his designs were popular especially in the 1950s. He used brass and glass in an elegant and simple fashion, and his designs were often decorated with perforated patterns

As the head of metalwork and in charge of designing light fixtures, Taito and Tynell worked in close cooperation with architects. In particular, Tynell designed light fixtures for a building at Helsinki University of Technology, realised by architect Armas Lindgren. From this point, private homes started to be fitted with light fixtures, and Taito’s factory relocated to larger premises and hired more workers. Taito’s first catalogue showcasing only light fixtures was released in 1932

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