Happy Canada Day!

July 1st, 2009

In the spirit of Canada day, we’re bringing you another installment of Kitka’s Canadian Design History 101. Today we’ll be talking about Lotte lamps, something I’ve been wanting to share with you for a while now.

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Lotte lamps were created by the Bostlund family. The father Gunnar was a ceramic engineer, and the mother Lotte trained at the Royal Academy of fine arts and the Danish school of arts and crafts, and was the primary designer behind Bostlund lamps.

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The Danish family moved to Canada after a fire destoryed their ceramics business in 1952. Rebuilding in post war Europe was a daunting task, so the family moved to Oakridge Ontario, where most of the early and most notable models were created and produced.

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Most of the lamp bases were hand painted or hand carved by Lotte herself or others in the family. Their son Morton was the one who created the iconic fiberglass shade that completed the look of Lotte Lamps.

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Lotte lamps were sold across the continent, most notably available at the famous Georg Jensen store in NYC (pictured above). Another iconic display of politics and modern design was during a live television broadcast of Pierre Trudeau in 1970, when he announced the War Measures Act sitting next to a Lotte Light.

Lotte lights are still in production today and available new at Eyespy on Queen St East, and there are usually vintage ones hanging around at Atomic or Rogue Gallery.

Photos via Lotte Lamps.

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