Jørn Utzon is one of the most significant danish architects of the 20th century.
Renowned for designing the Sydney Opera House in the 1950’s, it exemplifies
Utzon’s organic concept of architecture and expressive sculptural style. Seen in
60-metre-high semi-curves opening out towards the harbour like billowing
sails. In a striking building where the façade appears different from any given
angle. Claiming it was inspired by peeling an orange, if you were to assemble
the semi-curves together, they would form a perfect sphere.
Utzon’s fascination with architectural legends from the Mayan, Moroccan and
Asian cultures led to what he termed “Additive Architecture”. Defining his approach
to design that’s inspired by growth patterns in nature.
The Utzon Lamp was actually designed over a decade before Utzon created the
Opera House. Inspired by his father’s naval engineering drawings of ships,
the lamp has curves symbolic of the ocean waves with the bulb much like the
moon to navigate ships. It’s a stunning lamp from the past still relevant in the
future. A proud addition to our portfolio of products at &tradition, where we
honour the work of old masters who were way ahead of their time.