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About the design
The Pan-Opticon sconce is designed by Bent Karlby in 1968-1969 and produced by LYFA.
It is made up of a long narrow aluminum ‘pan-flute’ piece with a rounded aluminum cover in front and a matte color inside. The aluminum cover conceals the two light bulbs in the center of pan-flute, but is also able to be moved up and down enabling you to adjust the flow of light to suit your needs.
When lit, the emitted light is guided both upwards and downwards along the pan-flute shape, and creates a beautiful pattern of light onto the wall right above and below the sconce. The colored inside adds warmth and softness to the ambiance.
In the late 1960s Bent Karlby created a series of Pan-themed lights, originally produced by LYFA. The first two versions launched was the Pan-Opticon wall light (with yellow, blue or red inner) and the all aluminum PAN pendant. In 1970 Bent Karlby designed two other versions, the Pandean wall light (with red or yellow inner) and the Pantre pendant (with red or yellow inner). The following year, Karlby and another Danish lighting producer, ASK Belysning launched the PAN in Plexiglas as table light, pendant and wall light.
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