Jørn Utzon's JU1 Pendant Lamp is one of our most playful and exciting designs. With smooth surfaces pitched at unusual angles, a high-quality finish and sensitive detailing, it brings any room to life. It embodies Scandinavian minimalism, but the unmistakable metallic colouring and Utzon's unique design flourishes mean it creates a prominent accent for any bright, white kitchen or dining area. Utzon's pendant lamps are a fantastic way to to separate an interior and create different moods within a single room.
Although the JU1 Pendant pre-dates his design for the Sydney Opera House by almost ten years, the most distinctive elements of that design are clearly present. Utzon was obsessed with the Naval engineering drawings made by his father. This led to a fascination with boats and sails and how these distinctive forms could be incorporated into design and architecture. Here the sails are designed to break up direct light from the bulb and create a pristine, glare-free light. Utzon's passion and boyhood love for the sea is clear in the JU1 Pendant's beautiful design.
Born in Copenhagen in 1918 and raised in Aalborg, it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact that Jørn Oberg Utzon was so much more that 'the man who designed the Sydney Opera House'. Indeed, his work as a furniture designer holds many of the hallmarks of his most iconic design, with the smooth, organic curves, fresh bright panels and geometric, angular flourishes. The influence of some of his mentors, from Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen to Poul Henningsen and the Eames, heavily influenced his work in his Copenhagen studio, along with the iconic lighting and furniture pieces he would produce while settled in Sydney. It is little wonder, then, that he is still seen as a national hero in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
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