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About the design
This, the Kinapendel (or China pendant in English), is designed by Bent Karlby in 1946, and produced by LYFA.
It is an attractive blown opalized glass shade with an appealing egg-shape, complimented by a brass top and bottom. The bottom brass piece have narrow peepholes, a Karlby trademark, and hold an opal glass diffuser plate. The bottom brass fixture is screwed onto the glass shade by four screws. Towards the top, a raised brass “lid” with narrow peepholes is screwed onto the glass shade to lock it in place.
The thick matte opal glass shade is designed to provide a uniformly lit surface, while ensuring a soft comfortable light, and the opal glass diffuser in the bottom ensure a glare free experience.
In 1949 Bent Karlby designed a range of lights, produced by LYFA – 12 chandeliers, 13 pendants, two ceiling lights, 13 wall lights and one floor lamp – many similar with softly curvy opalized glass shades and decorative brass tops / bottoms, but different in their shapes and sizes – this piece was designed a few years earlier, in 1946, and launched in 1949 as part of the lighting series for LYFA.