LYFA

LYFA

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 the World Exhibition in Brussels – this time for the Ra-light by Piet Hein. The Ra-light went in to production in 1939, and was produced for some years.

The factory was right from the start known to produce table lamps, almost to be confused with Poul Henningsen‘s PH lamp from 1924, for Louis Poulsen, as LYFA’s table lamp had the same type of foot and multi-screen principle. In 1928, this led to the first trial on plagiarism of the PH lamp, which in December 1930, ended with the verdict: Only one in five problematic lamps were doomed to be a plagiarism.

In the early 1950s, LYFA embarked on a new direction, producing new product lines, based on the company’s own ideas. The company began commissioning contemporary Danish architects and designers, who created many amazing sculptural lights, and LYFA began harvesting numerous design awards – at home and abroad. In the 1960s, LYFA produced the famous Divian 2 (1962), designed by Simon P Henningsen for a restaurant at Tivoli Gardens, in Copenhagen and the Konkylie (1967), the Facet (1966) and the Turbo (1967), designed by Louis Weisdorf.

During this time, LYFA also engaged collaboration with Swedish Orrefors Glassworks and their designer Carl Fagerlund in producing a range of crystal glass lighting. Bent Karlby designed several pieces for LYFA, many of them are highly sought after today – Pan (1971), Påfugl (1974) and Kvadrille (1970).

In 1978, LYFA took over Fog & Mørup, but the lights were still labeled under separate brands. In 1988, LYFA expanded again, and took over ABO Randers (mainly known for its ball wall lamps from the 70’s). The following year, LYFA was bought by lighting producer Lyskær. The Lyskær-LYFA continued to produce lights with the LYFA label. In 1991, Lyskær-LYFA was taken over by mass-market lighting producer, Horn Lighting. The former brands were disbanded.

Designs by this Producer

Pan-Opticon by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1968-69
Pan-Opticon
1968-69
Ekko by Louis Weisdorf for LYFA 1968
Ekko
1968
Terazza by Bent Karlby for LYFA ca. 1960s
Terazza
ca. 1960s
Konkylie by Louis Weisdorf for LYFA 1963
Nippon by Simon P Henningsen for LYFA 1970
Nippon
1970
Divan 2 by Simon P Henningsen for LYFA 1962
Divan 2
1962
Kvadrille by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1969
Påfuglen by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1974
P295 by Frits Schlegel for LYFA 1938
P295
1938
Dinette by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1970
Dinette
1970
Vario by Acton Bjørn for LYFA 1974
Vario
1974
P 443 by Unspecified Designer for LYFA ca. 1950s
P 443
ca. 1950s
Ring chandelier by Bent Karlby for LYFA ca. 1940s
Ring chandelier
ca. 1940s
Ra by Piet Hein for LYFA 1931
Ra
1931
RA-24 by Piet Hein for LYFA 1969
RA-24
1969
Facet Pop by Louis Weisdorf for LYFA 1970
Turbo I by Louis Weisdorf for LYFA 1965
Turbo I
1965
Pantre by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1970
Pantre
1970
Pandean by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1970
Pandean
1970
Pan by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1970
Pan
1970