Finland House, New York Acquired from the above by the present owner
Rathbone Holme and Kathleen M. Frost, ed., The Studio Yearbook of Furnishing and Decoration 1953-1954, vol. 43, London, 1954, p. 67 Alexander Koch, Modern Lighting of the ‘50s, Stuttgart, 2012, p. 46
The present lot is the perfect embodiment of Paavo Tynell's design philosophy of creating harmony between living and lighting. Tynell trained as a master metalsmith in his native Finland, and soon after opened his metal workshop Oy Taito Ab in 1918.Through his company, Tynell worked closely with architect Alvar Aalto to create the lighting for iconic structures of modern design, including the Paimio Sanatorium, the Viipuri Library, and the Savoy Restaurant. Our floor lamp was originally purchased from Finland House, which was a boutique showroom and restaurant located in New York that sought to bring "the beauty, utility, and versatility" of Finnish design to an American audience. In addition to selling Tynell's designs in the showroom, Oy Taito Ab designed the lighting for Finland House.
In this floor lamp, Tynell simplified lighting down to its absolute essential nature, while keeping function foremost in mind. Every detail was carefully considered, as even the center handle to this lamp is wrapped in leather, contrasting beautifully with the primary material of brass. In his lighting, Tynell strove to capture the changing qualities of nature. Natural references were an important element to Tynell's designs as they often feature delicately curling stems, unfurling tendrils and twirling petals, which makes his work appear as though it is alive with growth. In this lot, the sheen of the brass material is only enhanced by the simplicity of the conical light heads, which feature Tynell's signature perforation that, when lit, calls to mind twinkling stars in the night sky.
Overall in very good condition. The brass surfaces have been professionally and sensitively cleaned and polished and present with some minor tarnish consistent with age. The brass with some minor pitting, surface scratches and abrasions consistent with age and use. The leather handle has been replaced in keeping with the original design. When lit, the lamp radiates a beautiful light composed of star-shaped shimmer due to the perforated shade design. The present model is numbered 9619. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.