I need to tell you a little bit about what is coming.
Before that, let’s look at what came first.
I told you about my first lamp and how I fell in love with Finnish lamps and Finnish design.
Following this event, I started to visit more and more flea markets (kirpputori) and recycling centers (kierrätyskeskus). Bought more and more lamps, and ended up spending more and more time on google to try to identify the lamps I had found.
I figured out, from my Wirkkala experience, that a rare lamp was only valuable if it was identified – and identified as rare.
Gradually, I started to buy lamps I could recognize from previous google searches and book reading. And more and more often I got frustrated for not finding back, online, a lamp than I knew I had seen somewhere, someday.
One day, I decided to record information about the lamps I was encountering during my searches.
I recorded the information in what I started to call “the database”
Designer, manufacturer, material, price, design year, photo…etc. anything I could find about each lamp.
I wanted to limit myself to Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
– Not Holland as the whole Philips company would bring too many common lamps.
– Not Germany as the bauhaus phenomenum deserves a chapter on its own.
– Not Italy as my memory is too weak for its volume of great lamps
– Not France as I’ll look at France when I’ll move back there.
I managed to collect information about around 1500 scandinavian lamps, then, I got caught up with office work and let it rest idle.
To progress with the idea of collecting information about lamps, I started to hunt for catalogs: Orno, Idman, Taito, Paavo Tynell, Alvar Aalto…etc. I got quite successful at finding them, I would then scan the books/catalogs/brochures.
I know that one day, I will be able to process all this scanned information and feed the database.
The database is a unique place of reference for Scandinavian lamp, I am proud of it.
Coming soon, you will see a new page on this blog. This will be the place where you will be able to see and browse all those lamps.
Follow my Facebook page so you can be the 1st one to see the database when it comes online.