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.