Jo Hammerborg

Jo Hammerborg

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.

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Pompei by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1963
1963
Junior by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1960s
1960s
Studio by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1963
1963
Hydra 2 by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1969
1969
Lento by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1967
1967
Penta by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1965
1965
Equator by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1968
1968
Hercules by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977
Life by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1975
1975
Plain by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977
Poker Mini by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977
Medio by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1966
1966
Lakaj by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977
Juno by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1966
1966
Silhuet 1 by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977
Silhuet 2 by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977
Tarok by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977
Kastor by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1969
1969
Nova by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1963
1963
Diskos by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1965
1965
Sera by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1968
1968
Eiffel by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1963
1963
Saturn by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1963
1963
Corona by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1963
1963
Central by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1967
1967
Askepot by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1976-77
1976-77
Jason by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977
Alfa by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1963
1963
Aktiv by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup 1977
1977