Arne Jacobsen designed the AJ Lamp for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen (Radisson Collection) in 1957. Today, the AJ lamp family is regarded as the design that the Danish architect is best known for all over the world.
At that time, the AJ lamp family comprised a table lamp, a small table lamp, a wall lamp, a floor lamp and a working lamp that was designed to attach to the table. In combination with the AJ Royal pendant, the AJ Lamp formed part of the overall design concept that Jacobsen created for the hotel.
Arne Jacobsen did not just design the hotel down to the smallest detail for SAS (Scandinavian Airlines), he also designed almost all the hotel’s original furniture – such as the famous Egg chair and Swan chair –, the utility items and the lighting.
The profile of the AJ Lamp with its straight lines and its combination of oblique and right angles is not only seen as a formal parallel to the profile of the 3300 Series, but also to the geometric profiles of his building.
AJ Table Lamp Height 56 cm – Light source 1 x E27
AJ Mini Table Lamp Height 43.5 cm – Light source 1 x E14
Material spun steel + die cast zinc
Mounting plastic cord with plug, 2.4 m – Switch on lamp stand
Fun fact: the round in the foot of the lamp was meant to receive an ashtray.
AJ Mini Lamp – Black
AJ Lamp – Black
AJ Mini Lamp – White
AJ Lamp – White
AJ Mini Lamp – Pale petroleum
AJ Lamp – Pale petroleum
AJ Mini Lamp – Dusty Blue
AJ Lamp – Dusty Blue
AJ Mini Lamp – Warm Grey
AJ Lamp – Warm Grey
AJ Mini Lamp – Electric Orange
AJ Lamp – Electric Orange
AJ Mini Lamp – Warm Sand
AJ Lamp – Warm Sand
AJ Mini Lamp – Soft Lemon
AJ Lamp – Soft Lemon
AJ Mini Lamp – Polished steel
AJ Lamp – Polished steel
Height 130 cm Weight 3,4 kg
Shade adjustable vertically and horizontally - length 32.5 cm
Materials Shade: Spun steel. Base: Die cast zinc. Stem: Steel.
Light source 1 x E27 Cable 2,6 m – switch on cord
AJ Floor lamp – Black
AJ Floor lamp – White
AJ Floor lamp – Pale Petroleum
AJ Floor lamp – Dusty Blue
AJ Floor lamp – Warm Grey
AJ Floor lamp – Electric Orange
AJ Floor lamp – Warm Sand
AJ Floor lamp – Soft Lemon
AJ Floor lamp – Polished steel
Dimensions H18 x W33.5 cm. Shade: 24.7 cm Weight Min: 0.8 kg Max: 1.0 kg
Materials Shade: Spun steel – Wall box: Spun steel – Arm: Steel Finish wet painted
Mounting Cable type: Plastic with plug. Cable length: 2.4 m. Switch: In the wall box.
The wall light can be mounted with or without visible wire.
Light source E14 Class Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection II w/o ground.
AJ Wall lamp – Blanc
AJ Wall lamp – Black
AJ Wall lamp – Pale Petroleum
AJ Wall lamp – Dusty Blue
AJ Wall lamp – Warm Grey
AJ Wall lamp – Electric Orange
AJ Wall lamp – Warm Sand
AJ Wall lamp – Soft Lemon
AJ Wall lamp – Polished stainless steel
Arne Jacobsen is born on February 11, 1902 in Copenhagen. His father, Johan Jacobsen, is a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners. His mother, Pouline Jacobsen, a bank clerk, paints floral motifs in her spare time. The family lived in a typical Victorian style home. As a contrast to his parents’ overly decorated taste, Arne paints his room in white.
He met the Lassen brothers at Nærum Boarding School: later, Flemming Lassen was to become his partner in a series of architectural projects. Arne Jacobsen is a restless pupil, always up to pranks, with a self-deprecating humour. Already as a child, he showed an extraordinary talent for drawing and depicting nature through scrupulous studies. He wants to be painter, but his father felt that architect was a more sensible choice.
Jacobsen’s travelling begin already in his twenties, when he went to sea to New York. Then followed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in Germany and a series of study and drawing excursions to Italy. Jacobsen produced some of his finest watercolours during this period, capturing atmospheres and shapes accurately and carefully. From the beginning of his career, Jacobsen turned his gaze abroad, without abandoning Danish traditions.
Jacobsen production reflects his personality: an insistent, perfectionist modernist, to whom no detail was trivial, although the main picture was basically black/white and unambiguous. On the other hand, the nature-loving botanist and jovial family man: like him, his work is precise and warm, Danish and universal, modern and timeless.