by Vanna Villa

Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919 – 2009) was born in Hvadhem/Gotlandia, Sweden.

After finishing his apprenticeship as a woodworker, he studied architecture in Gothenburg and began his career in industrial design at General Motors. Afterwards he became assistant to the prominent furnishing designers Carl Malmsten & Werner West. He founded his own company, Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB, in Markaryd in 1951. Here he not only designed lighting, but also candelabra and furniture.

Influenced by nature, especially in southern Sweden, with its shimmering lakes and vast, dark forests, Jakobsson created imaginative forms for light and illumination.

Jakobsson was an extremely talented designer who experimented with brass, iron, glass, fabric and surprisingly wood shavings. He mastered the direction and color of light like few others. An intelligent design for the disappearance of shiny light bulbs and irritating decorations, combining practicality and comfort.

Like his famous colleague, Poul Henningsen, Jakobsson is among the lighting designers who became famous for their dim and soft lighting. His iconic designs based on wood chips were produced by Ellysett AB.

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