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AJ Lamp
Louis Poulsen
Arne Jacobsen, 1957 

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Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

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. 

Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

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.

Louis Poulsen – Applique AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

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 / AJ Mini Table lamp

Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

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  

Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

Fun fact: the round in the foot of the lamp was meant to receive an ashtray.

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – Black

AJ Lamp Black

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – White

AJ Lamp – White

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – Pale petroleum

AJ Lamp Pale petroleum

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – Dusty Blue

AJ Lamp Dusty Blue

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – Warm Grey

AJ Lamp Warm Grey 

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – Electric Orange

AJ Lamp Electric Orange

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – Warm Sand

AJ Lamp Warm Sand

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – Soft Lemon

AJ Lamp Soft Lemon

Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampe AJ Table – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Mini Lamp – Polished steel

AJ Lamp Polished steel

Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

AJ Floor lamp

Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

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

Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Floor lamp – Black

AJ Floor lamp White

Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Floor lamp – Pale Petroleum

AJ Floor lamp – Dusty Blue

Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Floor lamp Warm Grey

AJ Floor lamp – Electric Orange

Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Floor lamp – Warm Sand

AJ Floor lamp – Soft Lemon

Lampadaire AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Floor lamp – Polished steel

Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

AJ Wall lamp

Louis Poulsen – Applique AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

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.

Louis Poulsen – Applique AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Wall lamp – Blanc

AJ Wall lamp Black

Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Wall lamp – Pale Petroleum

AJ Wall lamp – Dusty Blue

Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Wall lamp Warm Grey

AJ Wall lamp – Electric Orange

Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen
Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Wall lamp – Warm Sand

AJ Wall lamp – Soft Lemon

Applique AJ – Arne Jacobsen – Louis Poulsen

AJ Wall lamp – Polished stainless steel

Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Applique AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampadaire AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Lampe AJ Table de Arne Jacobsen, 1957
Louis Poulsen – Applique AJ de Arne Jacobsen, 1957

Arne Jacobsen

Arne Jacobsen

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.