AJ Wall - Beautiful and classic

Back then, in the good old days

Back then, in the good old days


Travel back to the 1960s with us. It was the heyday of the Volkswagen Beetle, Rolling Stones were all the rage, and teak furniture was everywhere. We have to go all the way back to the 60s because—on top of all those other things—something amazing was happening in the middle of Copenhagen.

The first designer hotel was erected a stone’s throw from the central station, and this hotel became home to some of the biggest icons in furniture and lamp history, including the AJ Lamp.

This article is about the lovely AJ Lamps designed by Arne Jakobsen and manufactured by Louis Poulsen, but let’s go even further back than that—back to the birth of the man would one day become one of Denmark’s biggest designers.

A great designer is created

A great designer is created


Arne Jacobsen was born in 1902 and trained as an architect in 1924. But the young Jacobsen had creativity coursing through his veins, so after graduating, he started a new degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1927. Arne Jacobsen’s way of thinking was innovative and shaped by his architectural background, so he quickly became one of the aspiring stars of the school. The year after he graduated, he won a design award for a project for the National Museum, and that set the tone for his promising career in design.

In the 1930s, Arne Jacobsen truly put his name on the map by spearheading the new style known as international functionalism. In the years that followed, Arne Jacobsen designed a range of houses in Denmark and the rest of the world, all with the simple, functionalist, modern expression. Rødovre City Council, the National Bank, and Århus City Council are all icons created by Arne Jacobsen’s hand.

Arne Jakobsen also tried his hand at furniture design, and through the 50s, he designed a range of classic pieces of furniture that remain icons to this day. The Ant was the first chair designed by Arne Jakobsen’s hand, but countless pieces followed and now adorn homes all over the world.
The design hotel that became world famous

The design hotel that became world famous


That brings us to the landmark year that was 1960.

SAS Royal Hotel was designed by Arne Jacobsen as the world’s first design hotel. Its intention was to boost tourism to Denmark, particularly making it an attractive destination for US tourists who had increasingly good access to the Nordic countries thanks to new flight routes.

Arne Jacobsen’s eye for modern and elegant design permeated everything at the hotel. The iconic chairs—the Swan and the Egg—were designed for the hotel’s foyer and served as a soft contract to the edgy architecture across the rest of the building. The style permeated the entire building, including cutlery, bedside tables, curtains, and wallpaper.

Lighting was—of course—also part of the design concept. Arne Jacobsen has since stated that he didn’t like the fluorescent lamps that were necessary for lighting up the foyer, so he put extra work into all the other lamps featured in the hotel.

AJ Wall lamp - A classic


The AJ Lamps were designed as sculptural and picturesque additions to the décor at the SAS Royal Hotel in 1957, and their shapes and elegant architectural expressions were completely new to the world of light design. Louis Poulsen have since picked up manufacturing of the AJ Lamps.

These days, the AJ Lamps are some of the most popular lamps out there because their timeless design fits perfectly into any home. Whether you prefer Nordic, minimalist décor or you like colours that pop and live by the “more is more” principle, there is an AJ Lamp AJ Lamp for you and your home out there.
Guarantee of lamp love

Guarantee of lamp love


The AJ Wall Lamp is a simple yet incredibly lovely addition to your home. Do you need the perfect lamps to light up your bedside, bringing a sense of calm elegance to your bedroom? Or perhaps you want to light up a wall in the living room, above the couch, to ensure a comfortable reading light? How about two AJ Wall Lamps to bring a new and exciting light into your home, replacing the classic pendants?

The lamp is made of steel and zinc and was originally available in black, white, and light petroleum. In connection with the 60th anniversary, Louis Poulsen have launched the AJ Wall Lamps in seven new colours, and it is now also available in dark green, midnight blue, ochre, rusty red, aubergine, and two shades of grey. The gorgeous new colours make the AJ Wall Lamps even more useful in the average home, regardless of whether you prefer a minimalist or a colourful look. If you want a uniform look, the lamp is also available in table and floor versions.

The simple stylishness of the AJ Wall Lamp makes it a classic yet exciting choice, no matter where you place it. Make your next good night’s sleep that much more comfortable with an AJ Wall Lamp in the bedroom, and dream sweet dreams beneath a fantastic designer lamp. Or bathe your vegetables in a gorgeous AJ Wall Lamp glow by using a couple of the lovely lamps above your dining table. No matter where you place them, you’re in for a healthy dose of lamp love.




Find the AJ Wall lamp here.


Arne Jacobsen has also designed a lot of other beautiful lamps, including Royal and Bellevue, which you can also find at the shop.  


Below, you can see how you can implement your AJ Wall lamp in the most beautiful way.



Pictures are from Pinterest.