Born: 1920 - Died: 1982
Johannes (Jo) Hammerborg grew up right outside of Randers, in a regular middle-class family. He trained as a silversmith, participated in Denmark’s resistance and struggle for freedom in 1940-45 as a saboteur, studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and worked as a silversmith at Georg Jensen. In 1957, he was hired as a chief designer at the lamp manufacturer Fog & Mørup, where he worked until 1980.
He was a pronounced idea person and entrepreneur, who throughout his entire life initiated and developed the things he was passionate about. He was a key driving force for Fog & Mørup, and it was under his leadership, that the company experienced their most creative and commercially successful period. With a distinct design philosophy, great insight in elimination technique and a profound understanding of form, function and aesthetics, he created over 180 different designs of lamps. Several of them, have received international awards. In 1980, Fog & Mørup underwent a series of mergers, and in the late 90s ceased production of his designs.
In his private life, Jo Hammerborg was an active and very versatile athlete, so along with his professional career, he was also a pioneer in parachuting and flying. In a tragic manner, it was his great passion for skydiving, which cost him his life, when at the age of only 62, he died in an accident.
And now, decades later, his coveted lamps are in high demand, and they are being sold in antique shops. In 2013, it was again possible to buy a newly manufactured Jo Hammerborg lamp. Lightyears, has in cooperation with the Hammerborg family, decided to relaunch the Orient pendants. Jo Hammerborg’s innovative contributions to Danish lamp design, have a natural place in the 21sh century.