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Did Iittala make glass for Nordisk Solar?

Kristiina, a reader from Finland, recently brought our attention to an item for sale on Finnish auction website Huuto – a lamp that, using our ID Your Vintage Danish Lights site, she had identified as a Nordisk Solar Compagni P278g glass pendant light. Interestingly, however, the glass was embellished with an Iittala Oy glassworks sticker (pictured bottom).

There are three possible explanations for this surprising detail. One is that someone added the sticker at a later date and it actually has nothing to do with the light. The second is that Iittala licensed the design from Nordisk Solar Compagni and produced the light in Finland. And the third is that Nordisk Solar contracted out the production of glass for its lamps to Iittala rather than Holmegaard (the home-grown choice of Fog & Mørup) or Orrefors (Lyfa’s preferred glass producer).

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