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About the design
Priest collar, or ‘Symfoni’ pendant light is designed by Claus Bolby in 1967 and produced by CEBO Industri.
It is an impressive pendant light, comprised of 31 rectangular shaped acrylic staves, secured by two cylindrical metal pieces, to form a large circular shape. Each acrylic stave is translucent colored and is without any air bubbles or impurities. The upper metal cylinder holds the bulb socket, placing the light bulb right behind the acrylic staves.
The placement of the light bulb makes the translucent colored acrylic staves guide the emitted light outward along their rectangular shaped rims, creating the illusion of a large glowing circle with an almost neon light effect. The colored acrylic staves turns warm darker in the tone and emits a warm soft illumination. The open bottom provides some downward directed light.
The Priest collar was the first lighting design by Bolby, and originally designed for a Danish church in the early-mid 1960s. The first version was extremely large, and not meant for private homes, but in the late 1960s Bolby designed a range of smaller versions for private homes, named Symfoni. The name, Priest collar actually only refers to the first extremely large model, but is know widely used as the common name for these pendants – the version in the photos here is the one made for private homes, called Symfoni.
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