This is a large and rare pendant light from the Swedish light master Hans-Agne Jakobsson. The 50 cm wide TL 21 Rapidus was mainly intended for public buildings. It consists of a large “flying saucer” containing the bulb sockets with a perforation at the top sending light upwards towards the ceiling. The underside is covered by the classic plastic grid “raster” to make it glare free sideways. At the top and bottom it has golden rods coming out making it seem as if perforated stright through. The light hangs from a golden chain that holds the cable. It is in most cases found with a circular tube light but in this case it is fitted with a three bulb socket system which gives a much more pleasant light.
The light has some scratches around the rim as seen in the photos. This is well reflected in the price. The plastic grid is in perfect condition and the original designers label is still present inside the light.
Height 35 cm, Diameter 50 cm.
Hans-Agne Jakobsson was undeniably one of the world’s most versatile and productive lighting designers and manufacturers in the fifties, sixties and seventies. He was also one of the best and most important designers in the Scandinavian era of golden and soft non-dazzle light. His earlier designs follow Scandinavian giants such as Poul Henningsen, Paavo Tynell and Alvar Aalto and he should be seen as important as the concurrent world renowned Nordic lighting designers Greta Magnusson-Grossman, Lisa Johansson-Pape, Verner Panton and Jo Hammerborg.