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Modern Art + Design presents a collection of luminaires and furniture by Hans-Agne Jakobsson

Hans-Agne Jakobsson

Lamp construction is important. All parts of the luminaires should be of interest to the designer.

Hans-Agne Jakobsson in an interview in ”Hem i Sverige” 1953.

Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919-2009) was a Swedish interior architect and furniture designer, but above all an exceptional designer of luminaires. No other Swedish designer has furnished as many public spaces during the 20th century as Hans-Agne Jakobsson.

Jakobsson studied architecture in Gothenburg and after graduating, he obtained an internship with Carl Malmsten. He also worked as an industrial designer at General Motors and as an assistant to Werner West at Stockmann AB in Helsinki. But when he got employed at the lighting company Ateljé Lyktan in Åhus he found his true calling and mentor. At Ateljé Lyktan, he worked under Hans Bergström, who came to have a great influence on Jakobsson's career. It was at Ateljé Lyktan that he found his artistic expression with a focus on luminaires that would write Swedish design history in lighting.

In 1951, he founded the company Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB in Åhus together with his wife Lisa Jakobsson and was particularly noted for his design of luminaires. The company had such a rapid breakthrough that Hans Bergström, who ran Ateljé Lyktan in the same town, became upset. In 1953, Jakobsson had enough of the conflict with Bergström and moved the business to Markaryd, which became his lifelong home. Together, Hans-Agne and Lisa Jakobsson created luminaires and furniture that appealed to everyone from architects to housewives. Jakobsson has received great attention for his artistic expression where the care of details and quality has always been the focus. During his career, Jakobsson participated in several significant exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, including the Triennale in Milan in 1957.

Jakobsson's early works have a more playful and personal character than the brass luminaires that made him successful during the 1960s and 1970s. The collection includes very rare objects from the years in Åhus (1951-53). There are also specially ordered and unique objects from the early years in Markaryd during the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s. The objects are now classified as significant collector's items.

The luminaires by Hans-Agne Jakobsson will be sold at Modern Art & Design

Viewing: May 11 – 15, Berzelii Park 1, Stockholm
Open: Weekdays 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 4 pm
Live Auktion: May 16 – 17, Arsenalsgatan 2, Stockholm

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Luminaires and furniture by Hans-Agne Jakobsson

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Eva Seeman
Eva Seeman
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Jonatan Jahn
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Camilla Behrer
Head of Design/ Specialist Modern & Contemporary Decorative Art & Design
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