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Lotte Lamps for me have the same distinction as rare ceramic finds such as Groeneveldt or Mobach .  And although they are still in production today, finding one of the original carved pieces is a real acquisition.

The History

“The Bostlund family originated in Copenhagen, Denmark, where the husband Gunnar trained at the Technical University as a ceramic engineer.  His wife Lotte trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Danish School for Arts and Crafts.  The original family business was in the production of technical ceramics – namely porcelain insulators – until a factory fire destroyed the business in 1952.  Lotte had been occupied with painting and raising her fledgling family at the time.  As rebuilding anything in the years after WWII in Europe was challenging, the young family decided to emigrate and made a new home in Oak Ridges, near Toronto, Ontario.

The husband and wife team began developing ceramic designs for Gunnar to produce, beginning with art pottery, including vases, teapots and salt and pepper shakers.  The first lamps were produced in 1956.  Two of the original three models continue in production today.

By the early 1960’s, their son Morten had developed the fiberglass lampshades, and the product we know as Lotte lamps was now complete.  The popularity of Danish Modern design helped propel the business to solid growth, and now employed all of the Bostlund children as well….”

Still in production today in Ohio, Lotte Lamps can be found at INabstracto and other select stores across North America.

Check Lotte Lamps for further details.

Cheers!

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