1960s Pair of Sputnik Sconces for Emil Stejnar by Val Saint Lambert
The most famous 'Space-Age' sconces designed by Emil Stejnar.
WHY THIS PAIR OF WALL LIGHTS MATTERS
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Emil Stejnar designed several pendant lamps, ceiling lights and sconces. Pairs of Sputnik sconces are much more scarce than the chandeliers. Starburst forms and delicate glass sprays are hallmarks os Stejnar's ceiling lights, the most famous being the Sputnik lamp. This particular pair of sconces was manufactured by one of the most famous, if not 'the' most famous, crystals manufacture from the era: Les Cristalleries du Val-Saint-Lambert in Belgium http://val-saint-lambert.com/about/histoire/lang/en.html
THE FULL STORY
Emil Stejnar is a designer famous for his space age era lightning design, however for Stejnar himself, his career in design came second to his passion for all things magic and mystical. Stejnar was born in Vienna, Austria in 1939 and trained as a gold and silversmith. The study of the stars and the occult occupied him fron an early age, and at the age of 18 he emigrated to Sweden to devote himself to his study. Stejnar was the head of the institute for Scientific Life Research for 20 years. The Sputnik lamp is one of the most celebrated design lamp of the 20th century, it is immediately recognizable by its radiating glass flowers that create dancing shadows when lit. It inspired a generation of Space Age era designers to create their own futuristic lamps. Yet the golden brass stems and intricate glass details, remind us as much of Stejnar's devotion to the magic of the cosmos as it does to Space Age lightning design.
- Maker: Cristalleries Royales du Val-Saint-Lambert
- Model: Sputnik
- Year: 1960s
- Material: Brass
- Dimentions (WxH): 48x23cm
- Power: 220/250 Volts
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
These sconces still in it's original finish are in extremely good condition for their age. The brass structure is very well preserved, and the light effects and reflections are stunning. No crystal is missing or broken, both scounces were completely dismounted for cleaning, service and electric cables rewiring (more than 400 pieces alltogether). These are great Space-Age pieces of art, elegant and eye-catching whether they are lit or not.