9209 TABLE LAMP
BY PAAVO TYNELL
TAKING THE HELM
AN ICONIC ORIGINAL
One of the iconic pieces launched during Tynell’s tenure at Taito, the 9209 Table Lamp was first produced in 1940. Similar in form and proportion to the much-loved, shell-shaded 5321 Table Lamp that followed it, the 9209 Table Lamp has a distinctively shaped shade in spun brass that has led to it being referred to as the ‘Kypärä’ – the Finnish word for ‘helmet’.
PATTERNS OF PERFORATION
Held in place by a curved brass arm, the individually molded shade is decorated with triangular patterns of perforation – a Tynell decorative signature – which requires a specialist punch tool and the utmost precision to achieve by hand. As well as guiding the light downward, thanks to the holes punched in the surface, the shade also allows pinpricks of light through, creating a soft, textured glow and a starlight-like sparkle.
RATTAN IN CONTRAST
Thanks to its shape and material composition, the 9209 Table Lamp has a warm, materially honest expression. The brass stem is hand-wrapped with lacquered rattan, creating a visual and textural contrast to the gleaming brass, while also allowing the lamp to be easily and comfortably moved around. The stem is fixed into a molded brass base.
The 9209 Table Lamp is an iconic example of Paavo Tynell’s signature brass detailing. Besides the perforated shade, unique brass details include the simple switch discreetly positioned at the rear of the shade, and the brass finger above. Originally launched in 1940, when brass was on the verge of becoming Tynell and Taito’s signature material, the 9209 Table Lamp is now a renowned iconic collectors item.
A CELEBRATION OF PAAVO TYNELL’S LEGACY THROUGHOUT 2023
Paavo Tynell (1890-1973) was an industrial designer, known as the great pioneer of Finnish lighting design and fondly dubbed as “the man who illuminated Finland”. Throughout 2023, GUBI explores and celebrates the legacy of Paavo Tynell with the launch of seven masterpieces.
9209 TABLE LAMP