A new lighting department with new arrivals

A new era begins in the store on Strandvägen 5 in Stockholm.
We are finally opening our brand new lighting department, and to celebrate this, we present several new arrivals.

Lighting has been an important part of Svenskt Tenn's range since the 1920s. You can find drawings of pewter lamps in our first catalogue from 1925, and that same year, Svenskt Tenn showed several lamp designs in an exhibition at Liljevalchs Museum in Stockholm. In 1931, our founder Estrid Ericson rented a space at Gallerie Moderne in the Royal Dramatic Theatre to display entire interiors with lighting, and in 1934, she opened the first lighting department in the store at Strandvägen 5.

In connection with the opening of our new lighting department, we are presenting several new arrivals both online and in the store. Josef Frank's popular table lamp 2466 is back, the classic floor lamp 1842 is launched in white and new lampshades are added to the range.

A Josef Frank

classic

The iconic 2466 table lamp is finally back after last being in production in the early 2000s.

Josef Frank's iconic table lamp 2466 is a beloved classic that during the past decades, only has been available at the auction houses. It fits two types of lampshades, including the signature umbrella-shaped design which bares the same model number. Josef Frank designed the table lamp for Svenskt Tenn in 1939-1940, and now it has been relaunched in green lacquered brass.

Josef Frank’s Floor lamp 1842

The 1842 floor lamp was designed in 1932 by Josef Frank. Now the green, black and red variants are accompanied with a version in white lacquered brass.

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Floor lamps are flexible and versatile. This makes them important elements on an interior. In the written text "Inredningskatekesen" from 1939, Svenskt Tenn's founder Estrid Ericson wrote "The lamp of our time – our electric age – is called the floor lamp; the portable, movable floor lamp.” Here, she made a comparison between floor lamps and other types of lighting, and praised the floor lamp's unique usefulness.

Floral

lampshades

Among the season’s new arrivals, you will also find several lampshades in Josef Frank's classic Primavera print.

Composed at the beginning of the 1920s, the Primavera print has been produced every year, first for Josef Frank’s own company House und Garten, and later for Svenskt Tenn. In horizontal borders, most of our spring flowers are sprouting: tulips, scillas, hyacinths, daisies, violets and forget-me-nots. The tulips stand out, thanks to their size and their way of growing upwards. The title Primavera recalls pre-Renaissance Florence and Botticelli’s Allegory of Spring, with the goddess of flowers, Flora, scattering flowers over the earth.

Lampshade 2538 is more than just a lampshade. It is a work of art, made and sewn by hand by exceptional craftsmen. It was designed in 1940 by Josef Frank, and now we are launching it in the popular Primavera print – as a piece of jewellery to hang above the dining table.

Josef Frank

Lampshade 2538

Lampshade 2538 is a work of art, made and sewn by hand.

Lampshade 2559 by Josef Frank

New Arrival

Lampshade 2559

The Celotocaulis print was originally designed for Josef Frank’s company Haus und Garten and was woodblock printed in Vienna. Caulis is Latin for ‘flower stalk’ and Celoto alludes to the Asian plant genus Celosia, which is characterised by plume- or cockscomb-like inflorescences. In addition to green, it has been printed in yellow, burgundy and graphite grey, as well as in white on white.

Spanish designer and craftsman Alvaro Picardo has created a collection of hand-painted lampshades inspired by Josef Frank's classic designs and colours. Constantly influenced by his Catalan and Spanish roots, together with his love of modern art and brutalist architecture, he started painting lampshades with the aim of giving new life to otherwise forgotten objects, creating bespoke interior-design pieces. Through daring, colourful and hand-painted lampshades he aims to provide a distinctive feeling to any space or room, enhancing its atmosphere by adding an individual work.

Some of the pieces created for Svenskt Tenn take up to two days to paint: each lampshade is unique: a tribute to the spirit of craftsmanship, which lies behind its particular finish, with traces of the artist’s personal handiwork possibly visible in the finished product.

New arrival - Oil lamp ‘Aki’

For thousands of years, oil lamps have offered light and comfort. They transcend cultures and traditions, and they play a central role in many rituals and stories. Inspired by the love of glass and pure, simple forms, the small, independent Italian brand Animacontemporanea have reimagined these ancient vessels for the modern world – a world where our homes are our sanctuaries, our time is precious, and many of us are searching for balance and harmony. The name AKI is Japanese and means ‘sparkle’, ‘bright’ and ‘hope’. It can also signify ‘autumn’ – a season whose golden light and long shadows evoke the warm, tranquil atmosphere that our lamps create.

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