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New season – New Highlights: Paavo Tynell

Paavo Tynell

– The art of light

An early 1950's chandelier for Taito. Estimate: 25 000 - 30 000 EUR

In addition to his work at Taito Oy, Tynell worked together with architects to create light fixtures for specific spaces, such as the Parliament House in Helsinki, the UN Secretary General’s office in New York and the Lasipalatsi building in Helsinki. While the polished brass light fixtures became Tynell’s trademark around the world, he also designed luminaires in many other styles to suit the tastes of a wide range of customers.

Tynell's decorative ceiling lights were inspired by old chandeliers, and they create subtle and livening shadows and a shimmering light in the space. The perforated lampshades together with the unusual combination of materials – glass, brass, leather and rattan – became typical for Tynell and were also used by other designers in the 1950s and 60s. Tynell’s experience with metals meant that he could effectively use the material and all its properties.

A pair of 1940's wall lights for Taito. Estimate 30 000 - 35 000 EUR.

Bukowskis is proud to present an extraordinary selection of luminaires by Paavo Tynell in our upcoming Design Sale Helsinki auction. Some highlights include a custom-made copper ceiling light made for UPM and five pairs of bespoke brass wall light fixtures made for the Koskilinna ballroom in Hämeenkyrö.

The luminaires will be for sale at the Design Sale Helsinki October 8–24.

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A mid 20th century '9609' floor lamp for Taito. Estimate 4 000 - 6 000 EUR.

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Nan Jarjis
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