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About the design
The Equator pendant is designed in 1968 by Jo Hammerborg for Fog & Mørup – and re-introduced in bright new colors with the Rainbow Line in 1969.
A large space age pendant, comprised of two inner rings surrounded by larger outer ring and a cylinder shaped top, all with colored outer coating. The rings have white inner coating, except for the bottom ring, which like most of Hammerborg’s lights features a dark gray inside, to acts a diffuser, to counter direct light throw back.
When lit, the light is emitted through the narrow space between rings, and creates a soft illumination, while still giving a direct flow of light through the open bottom. The outer ring turns dark, while the two inner rings and the cylinder top turns lighter, as they are lit up by the reflection from the outer ring.
The Equator was originally introduced in 1968 in three different colors; light grey, pale blue and orange (almost red), and the following year it was re-launched in new vibrant colors, together with two existing designs and one new design, in the Rainbow Line. The new color theme were bright red, sunny yellow, bright blue and white.
Bonus info: Fog & Mørup’s Rainbow Line is contemporary with Louis Poulsen’s Young Line, that in a similar fashion re-introduced existing designs in new bright colors. Among these are Jørn Utzon’s Navy Pendant and Verner Panton’s Flower Pot and Topan. F&M followed up with the White Line, that in opposition to Rainbow Line was marketed as “Attractive, simple lights that can be used in almost any interior, irrespective of color key or materials”.