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An unusual mid-century Finnish adjustable brass wall light with a scalloped, perforated shade with an opaline diffuser below, by Paavo Tynell.
Paavo Tynell (1890-1973) was a Finnish designer who became one of the most influential lighting designers of the 20th century. He co-founded the company Taito Oy, through which he collaborated with many architects, including, from 1929, Alvar Aalto for whom he created the lights for the Paimio sanatorium, the Savoy restaurant and the Viipuri library. Awarded prizes at the Barcelona Exhibition of 1929, the Milan Triennial in 1933 and at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (International Exhibition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life), in Paris, in 1937,Tynell’s work was hugely influential despite its then limited commercial production. The present wall light is typical of Tynell’s work from the mid-century with its fluid design and unusual perforated shade whose legacy can be seen in the work of Jean Royère and Serge Mouille.
In 1948 his work was showcased at the Finland House on 50th Street in New York where its innovative mixture of organic forms and the seemingly contradictory minimalism of European modernism were lauded. His work was published in Life, in Interiors magazine and in the New York Times and he created work for the Dallas Petroleum Club, the Havana Casino and the UN Secretary General’s office.
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