Arne Jacobsen designed the AJ lamp collection in 1957 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen (Radisson Collection), which opened its doors in 1960. Today, the AJ family is regarded as one of the best known designs from the Danish architect.
At the time, the AJ family included a table lamp, a floor lamp, a wall lamp, a clamp lamp and a small table lamp - the AJ Mini - which Louis Poulsen reissued on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the hotel opening.
The AJ Table Mini looks particularly at home on a window sill, on a bedside table or in combination with any other occasional furniture.
Dimensions height 43,5 cm – shade length 24,7 cm
Light source 1 x E14
Materials spun steel + injection moulded zinc base.
Cord length 2,4 m Switch on the base
Arne Jacobsen is born on February 11, 1902 in Copenhagen. His father, Johan Jacobsen, is a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners. His mother, Pouline Jacobsen, a bank clerk, paints floral motifs in her spare time. The family lived in a typical Victorian style home. As a contrast to his parents’ overly decorated taste, Arne paints his room in white.
Background & school relations
He met the Lassen brothers at Nærum Boarding School: later, Flemming Lassen was to become his partner in a series of architectural projects. Arne Jacobsen is a restless pupil, always up to pranks, with a self-deprecating humour. Already as a child, he showed an extraordinary talent for drawing and depicting nature through scrupulous studies. He wants to be painter, but his father felt that architect was a more sensible choice.
The Pleasant and the necessary trips abroad
Jacobsen’s travelling begin already in his twenties, when he went to sea to New York. Then followed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in Germany and a series of study and drawing excursions to Italy. Jacobsen produced some of his finest watercolours during this period, capturing atmospheres and shapes accurately and carefully. From the beginning of his career, Jacobsen turned his gaze abroad, without abandoning Danish traditions.
Arne Jacobsen behind the design
Jacobsen production reflects his personality: an insistent, perfectionist modernist, to whom no detail was trivial, although the main picture was basically black/white and unambiguous. On the other hand, the nature-loving botanist and jovial family man: like him, his work is precise and warm, Danish and universal, modern and timeless.