1912 - 1998
Bent Karlby is widely regarded today as one of Denmark’s most productive and versatile lighting designers of the 20th century. He started his collaboration with LYFA in the 1940s, which was a partnership that would last nearly four decades. Bent Karlby is known for his soft light, organic shapes and hallmark peepholes. During his career, Karlby moved more towards pure geometric shapes such as the cone, cylinder and arc along with playful colours. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Bent Karlby never employed staff in his studio. He wanted things done his way and was known for his uncompromising work ethics. Among his most famous works are the PEANUT, China, Japan, MOSAIK, NINOTCHKA, Barcelona and PAN pendants, the ERGO table lamp as well as the Peacock, Quadrille, PAN and GOTHIC wall lamps.
1920 - 1974
Simon P. Henningsen
As the son of legendary Danish architect and lighting designer, Poul Henningsen, Simon P. Henningsen learned about lighting from an early age. Not just about the different types of light but also how each one brings distinct qualities. The two worked together on various design tasks for the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and in 1948, Simon succeeded his father and became chief architect in the amusement park. In 1962, Simon P. Henningsen unveiled the DIVAN 2 pendant – a highly unique and spectacular lamp named after the famous restaurant in Tivoli. The pendant was later bestowed with several Danish and international awards. In the following years, Simon P. Henningsen expanded his collaboration with LYFA and continued to explore theatrical light and the effects of colours as seen with the iconic Kassablanka and Nippon pendants. Today, Simon P. Henningsen’s work is characterised by a distinctive whimsical and geometric aesthetic and his use of reflections and shimmering surfaces. His unique designs are collector’s items and still admired across the world.
1910 - 2001
Sven Middelboe had a business degree, but design became his chosen path – and lighting his speciality. In the late 1940s, he had his own company as a lighting manufacturer together with the renowned designer and architect, Jørn Utzon. The collaboration between the two included the now-iconic Sundowner. In 1955, Sven Middelboe was hired as the in-house designer at Nordisk Solar Company. He designed lamps for several decades, and his expression and choice of materials evolved with the changing trends. His early luminaries were made of either glass or metal - or a combination of the two - but from 1970, Middelboe designed a wide range of plastic lamps in trendy colours. Throughout his career, Sven Middelboe continued to experiment with various shade constructions and combinations, which resulted in the VERONA pendant that was introduced in 1978. The series quickly became popular and today, VERONA is regarded as one of the most iconic pendants in Sven Middelboe’s wide range of lighting designs.