Bent Karlby

Bent Karlby

Born: 1912 - Died: 1998

Bent Karlby was a Danish architect, designer and member of the resistance. He was educated at the Technical School in Aarhus, in 1932. Karlby worked for Vilhelm Lauritzen in the period of 1934-39, Palle Suenson 1939-40 and Ernst Kühn 1941-43.

In January 1943, Karlby helped to start the illegal newspaper Danish Journal, and was also involved in Danish-Swedish Refugee Service, where he was responsible for the purchase of ships for illegal sailing, and the free Danish. He had to flee to Sweden, in 1942, where he joined the Danish Brigade the 30th of April, 1945. Karlby was transferred to Transport column and Motor Wagon Company.

Starting with 1944, he ran his own studio in Stockholm, and was a member of the Architects’ Association, in 1945. Bent Karlby drew a few houses, but was a far more significant figure as a designer of lighting and blinds. He designed a wide range of patterns for C. Krüger Wallpaper Factory and Brdr. Dahl Wallpaper Factory, and was the 1940s and 1950s leading Danish supplier of modernist artist wallpapers. In 1946, he won the first prize in an American competition in Chicago, which led to increased distribution and marketing of his murals in the United States. He was a member of the American Institute of Decoration 1947.

His lighting designs date mainly from the 1960s and 70s, and include several of LYFA‘s most sought-after designs, including the Påfugl, the Kvadrille and Kina-pendant. In 1971, he designed a number of different plastic lamp for ASK Belysning.

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Kinapendel by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1946
1946
Terazza by Bent Karlby for LYFA ca. 1960s
ca. 1960s
Ring chandelier by Bent Karlby for LYFA ca. 1940s
ca. 1940s
3 light chandelier by Bent Karlby for LYFA ca. 1940s
ca. 1940s
Påfuglen by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1974
1974
Karina by Bent Karlby for ASK Belysning 1971
1971
Spika by Bent Karlby for ASK Belysning 1971
1971
Pan-Opticon by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1968-69
1968-69
Kvadrille by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1969
1969
Pantre by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1970
1970
Pandean by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1970
1970
Ergo by Bent Karlby for ASK Belysning 1971
1971
Pan by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1970
1970
Dinette by Bent Karlby for LYFA 1970
1970