Dahl Pendant

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The Dahl Pendant

The shade of the Dahl pendant, named for midcentury modern designer Birger Dahl who created the fixture in 1956, is made of mouth-blown glass with an etched surface to give it a smooth matte finish. The pendant became an iconic element in the Norwegian Parliament building when it was renovated in 1958, its minimal form lending a timeless feel to the interiors. The metal pieces on the fixture are available in dark gray, light green and matt brass. Manufactured by Northern Lighting, the Dahl is an enduring design in our Stratos Collection.

Specifications

Dahl Pendant
Dahl Pendant Tech Drawing
Product Name
Dahl Pendant
Manufacturer
Northern Lighting 
Environment
Indoor
Shade
Glass
Cord
Black
Cord Length
6 Feet
Light Source

E26 A-19
LED

1 x 9.5 Watt

E26 A-19
CFL

1 x 15 Watt
cUL Certified
Yes

Download product specification sheet for a full list of available size and lamping options


  • Northern Lighting Dahl Matte Brass
  • Northern Lighting Dahl Dark Gray
  • Northern Lighting Dahl Light Green
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Designer

Considered one of Scandinavia’s leading post-war interior architects, Birger Dahl was born in 1916 in Moss, Norway. He was educated at the Norwegian National Academy of Art and Design (SHKS) in Oslo, one of the first students to be supervised and guided by Arne Korsmo. He was one of the founders of NID, Norway’s association for professional industrial designers, in 1955. And in 1947, Dahl became a teacher at SHKS while also working as the chief designer for Oslo-based lighting manufacturer Sønnico from 1945 to 1957. It was his designs for this company that put him on the map, his products shown in a traveling exhibition of Scandinavian Design that toured the United States and Canada from 1954 to 1957 creating a serious amount of buzz. Dahl won the Jacob Award in 1968, and he published the book Venice, A Cultural Adventure in 1994, just four years before he died.

His creative philosophy was as simple (and beautiful) as his designs—that they be honest, logical and functional; that the light object must always reach complete harmony with its surrounding humans and architecture. Proof that it served him well, his Pendel s/10053, produced for and sold by Sønnico, was the first Norwegian lamp to ever be awarded the highly regarded Golden Medal at the Milan Triennali (in 1954) and one of the best selling pendants the country ever produced. When Sønnico ceased production and closed, the lamp became a casualty of the company’s demise. We at Global Lighting are glad Northern Lighting decided to revive the design, releasing an updated version of it in the Dokka pendant, which we have included in its Stratos Collection and distribute exclusively in North America. We salute designers like Dahl, the founders of modern design as we know it.

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