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About the design
The Divan 2 is a rare spectacular top tier Danish design piece.
De-constructed diamond shaped steel pieces (20 in all), polished chrome-plated, carefully arranged on a vertical line with tones of red, blue, purple, beige and teal inside. The colors combined with mirroring blankness makes this an outrageously gorgeous light, sculptural, and jaw-dropping beautiful, alight as well as idle. A masterpiece in every sense of the word!
The Divan 2 (also sometimes refereed to as the Tivoli pendant) was designed by Simon P. Henningsen in 1962 for a restaurant named Divan 2 in Tivoli Gardens, in Copenhagen.
Simon P. Henningsen was the son of the most famous of all Danish lighting designers – “the Master of light” – Poul Henningsen (PH).
Both studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, but none of them ever graduated. In 1942 Simon began working with his father, who at this time was the Chief Architect at Tivoli Gardens. As the Chief Architect is was custom to have final say on every construction project in the Gardens, and if you ever go there – you will still be able to find some of Poul Henningsen’s original and amazing lighting fixtures from the early 1940s.
Father and Son worked together on several projects here, and Simon P. Henningsen followed his father and became the next Chief Architect at Tivoli in 1948.
In 1962 Simon P. Henningsen designed the unquestionably most successful design produced by LYFA, the Divan 2. He designed the gorgeous light for the extension of the Divan 2 restaurant in Tivoli. The new expansion was located along the small lake in the middle of Tivoli. In the evening the flickering reflection of lights and the lake, onto the mirror fragments created a magical atmosphere with the colorful almost blinking shimmer around each light.
When it was time for the famous Tivoli fireworks outside at midnight, the Divan 2 lights at the restaurant would be dimmed and elegantly glide up into the ceiling. When the fireworks were over, the lights would descend again. It is said that the very sharp edges of the DIVAN 2 was the cause of a number of visits to the hospital, as guests enjoying the fireworks, didn’t notice that the light had been lowered again.
The light was the sensation of the 1962 season and LYFA quickly put it into production – within two years of conception, it had won several design awards, was exhibited at the Louvre and was installed at George Jensen’s New York City flagship shop.
(Un)fortunately the lamp was to costly to produce, and was discontinued at the end of the decade, which is exactly what you want in a true collectible.
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Meet the Designer
Simon P Henningsen was a Danish architect and designer. He was the son of Poul Henningsen’s first marriage. He studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, in 1944, but never graduated. In 1940, Simon P Henningsen was employed at Ole …
Originally produced by
LYFA (LYFA A/S) began as “Københavns Lampe- og Lysekronefabrik” (Copenhagen Lights- and Chandelier Factory), in 1903. In 1930, the company changed name to LYFA. LYFA won the gold medal at the World Exhibition in Barcelona, in 1930 and again in 1935, at …