Light and Darkness

Per Torndahl, Ceiling lamp

Bodil Karlsson/Nationalmuseum

Per Torndahl, Ceiling lamp, c 1913
Copper, mother of pearl and chestnut turban shell

The earliest electric light fixtures often left the light bulb exposed, since it was an exclusive innovation that one wanted to display. Eventually, however, these fixtures were given a more artistic design, often created by a sculptor or an architect. This ceiling light designed by the architect Per Torndahl was inspired by marine life. The naturalistic art nouveau style has been used to devise whirling water and seaweed out of copper, a relatively humble material. The sharp electric light is filtered through mother of pearl and sea shells.

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