Alvar Aalto ‘Angel Wing’ Floor Lamp Model A805 for Valaistustyö Ky, Finland 1954


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Originally designed by Alvar Aalto for the National Pensions Institute in Helsinki in 1954, the A805 model, better known as the “Angel Wing” floor lamp, is a true modern icon.

The A805’s asymmetrical louvered shade is reminiscent of wings, which is why it became commonly known as the “Angel Wing” floor lamp. The cascading shade is even more emphasized when the lamp is lit. The hand-riveted shade is formed from lacquered, thin metal strips, diffusing the light evenly, both upwards and through its white painted strips. The white painted shade is contrasted by the polished brass collar and the black leather-wrapped stand which was hand-sewn in Finland.

Founded in 1952 in Helsinki, Valaistustyö Ky has been the main manufacturer of luminaires designed by Alvar Aalto since its establishment. The stem of the lamp is engraved with the mark: Valaistustyö A805, which shows that this is on older version of the lamp and not a later reproduction by Artek.

The shade has its original paint with some small retouches, some small stains. Leather and brass have minor wear.

20.48 in W x 13.78 in D x 67.72 in H
52 cm W x 35 cm D x 172 cm H


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