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Australian Early Replica of Corona Pendant Light by Jo Hammerborg, circa 1970


Jo Hammerborg's beautiful cone shaped Corona pendant was produced by Fog and Morup in Denmark in 1963. Someone at that time in Australia took a liking to the design and had it reproduced in spun aluminium and steel, to the exact shape and size specifications of Hammerborg's design.

Outwardly, these pendants appear to be Hammerborg originals and certainly date from the 1960s or perhaps early 1970s. The differences are subtle. Notably, the tabs that hold the three main parts of the light together are narrower in these lights and branch inwards to meet a ring fitting around a central bulb holder. This branch and ring arrangement does not exist in the Fog and Morup production, which instead leaves the bulb holder hanging freely inside the light.

The other difference is the reflective surface inside the steel ring. In the original this is Fuschia or Magenta, in our Australian version it's a metallic Copper colour. There are also ventilation holes around the top surface of the light, not found in the original.

No matter the differences, these lights function just as the originals do and they illustrate a theme common in Australian design during the mid-century period - the necessity of reproduction. Original European design was not routinely available within Australia due to extreme distance and relatively low population numbers, which made many imports commercially unviable.

Interiors magazines at the time reported on the latest European styles and Australian designers visited Europe and brought back ideas yet unseen in Australia. Post WWII, European emigres, many trained at respected European design institutions, brought their knowledge of design and manufacturing techniques to Australia. These factors all contributed to the resourceful practice of imitation, emulation and inspiration that we find in Australian mid-century design.

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Designer Jo Hammerborg
Condition Good. Cleaned, polished, minor dings, scuffs and marks. Heavier wear on interior inc. discolouration of interior paint, some minor paint loss interior only. New cloth cord and new ceiling cap on all five lights. Tested and tagged electrically safe.
Diameter 24 cm
Height 46 cm