This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks takes a look at the AJ lamp series by Arne Jacobsen.
Designed for Copenhagen’s SAS Royal Hotel along with his Egg Chair in 1957, the AJ lamp series is a perfect example of simple form matched with function. With an angled shade that places your task lighting specifically where you need it, this series of lamps is a superb addition to your modern decor. The openwork base was designed to hold an ashtray, but is now a decorative element that lightens what could appear a bit heavy if made solid. Originally available in table and floor models, the current selection includes a host of new colors and a wall sconce version manufactured by Louis Poulsen.
Inspired by the new light and darker blue of the AJ lamp selection, I chose a set of aqua-blue accessories. A ceramic vessel echoes the curve of the shade while taking a step to a more organic feel. A print pokes fun at the standard Home Sweet Home hanging with a modern twist and a nod to the Eames’. Placed on a sofa are a set of patchwork pillows that reflect geometry and clean lines, while a clock recycled from a car hood hangs on the wall. An original painting of tree trunks opens a window to another world.
Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.