Danish Frandsen Ball Table Lamp Purple Enamel 1970s Vintage Retro Bedside Light Atomic Era
Retro Danish Purple Bedside Table Wall Lamp Sconce
This is a very rare colour way for this lamp and it is in unusually good condition.
Vintage magnetic enamel ball lamp, designed by Benny Frandsen in 1968.
Made in Denmark by ABO Randers in the 1970s/80s. Has its original labels.
The enamel ball is connected by magnetism to its stand, enabling it be moved to direct the light as required.
The stand can be used as a base for a table lamp or attached to the wall as wall light. When removed from its stand the lamp can be hung from the ceiling as a small pendant light.
15cm high and 10cm wide.
It is in very good fully working vintage condition with some signs of age as shown in the photo.
My sister and I had lamps like these above our beds when we were children.
The wiring has been checked to ensure that it complies with modern electrical standards.
It has a European plug but we can fit a British/Irish, Aus/NZ, or an American* plug.
It takes a E14 SES bulb, maximum 40w. We recommend using LED light bulbs as the metal can get very hot with incandescent bulbs.
*If used in the USA/100/110/120v we recommend using an energy saving/LED bulb, maximum 7w. We can provide a E14>E12 adapter to enable it to take E12 bulbs, which are more easily available in North America. Alternatively, E14 bulbs should be available online.
Frandsen's 1968 design was probably influenced by fellow Dane Verner Panton's 1959 'Topan' Lamp. The Frandsen Ball was originally produced as a pendant and magnetic wall lamp in brown and orange, the fashionable colours of the day.
The magnetic wall lamp, in particular, became extremely popular in Denmark in the 1970s/80s and most Danish homes would have had at least one.
These days ball lamps are made by the Frandsen company in China, but back then they were made by several Scandinavian lighting companies.
Note that we have attempted to show and state the condition as accurately as possible but this is a pre-loved, vintage item and some minor signs of age and/or use are to be expected. There may also be slight variations in the colours shown due to lighting, the camera lens and the device the image is viewed through.