Ingeborg Lundin, an acclaimed designer, was the first woman hired to design for Orrefors Glasbruk in Sweden. In 1962, Lundin was assigned her first major lighting project, a commission for Götabanken in Stockholm. She designed a large spherical chandelier built up of triangular and circular pressed glass elements mounted on a brass frame. The Museum’s recently acquired chandelier, designed about 1962–1963 and made between 1963 and 1967, is a variant of this design. This chandelier hung in the foyer of the B’nai Israel synagogue in Elmira, N.Y.,until 2012, when the congregation moved to another location.
Learn more about female Swedish glass designers: Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women Working with Glass
Very odd you post this today! I have been very focused on engineering suspended glass structures. My thoughts were mainly about the use of metal with glass and here is my answer-brass is a good choice. I think this is an amazingly contemporary-looking structure with geometric patterns. 61 centimeters is about 2 feet in diameter so it is also a decent size. I imagine it has some weight to it as well. I had been thinking a lot about historical chandeliers and some of the suspended ones that I saw in the mosques/churches of Istanbul years ago. Very wonderful addition to the Corning Museum. I must get there this year!!!
Thanks for reading Emily! If you’re interested, here is a link to the other chandeliers in the collection: http://www.cmog.org/collection/search?sm_subject_concept=chandeliers&query=
or hanging lamps: http://www.cmog.org/collection/search?query=%22hanging%20lamp%22
Fantastic I will study these. Maybe I will call about borrowing some books on chandeliers!