LYFA (LYFA A/S) began as “Københavns Lampe- og Lysekronefabrik” (Copenhagen Lights- and Chandelier Factory), in 1903. In 1930, the company changed name to LYFA.
LYFA won the gold medal at the World Exhibition in Barcelona, in 1930 and again in 1935, at the World Exhibition in Brussels – this time for the Ra-light by Piet Hein. The Ra-light went in to production in 1939, and was produced for some years.
The factory was right from the start known to produce table lamps, almost to be confused with Poul Henningsen‘s PH lamp from 1924, for Louis Poulsen, as LYFA’s table lamp had the same type of foot and multi-screen principle. In 1928, this led to the first trial on plagiarism of the PH lamp, which in December 1930, ended with the verdict: Only one in five problematic lamps were doomed to be a plagiarism.
In the early 1950s, LYFA embarked on a new direction, producing new product lines, based on the company’s own ideas. The company began commissioning contemporary Danish architects and designers, who created many amazing sculptural lights, and LYFA began harvesting numerous design awards – at home and abroad. In the 1960s, LYFA produced the famous Divian 2 (1962), designed by Simon P Henningsen for a restaurant at Tivoli Gardens, in Copenhagen and the Konkylie (1967), the Facet (1966) and the Turbo (1967), designed by Louis Weisdorf.
During this time, LYFA also engaged collaboration with Swedish Orrefors Glassworks and their designer Carl Fagerlund in producing a range of crystal glass lighting. Bent Karlby designed several pieces for LYFA, many of them are highly sought after today – Pan (1971), Påfugl (1974) and Kvadrille (1970).
In 1978, LYFA took over Fog & Mørup, but the lights were still labeled under separate brands. In 1988, LYFA expanded again, and took over ABO Randers (mainly known for its ball wall lamps from the 70’s). The following year, LYFA was bought by lighting producer Lyskær. The Lyskær-LYFA continued to produce lights with the LYFA label. In 1991, Lyskær-LYFA was taken over by mass-market lighting producer, Horn Lighting. The former brands were disbanded.