Today we heard the sad news that veteran Danish lighting designer and producer Claus Bolby, founder of Cebo Industri and creator of the popular acrylic light series Symfoni and Veega (pictured below), died last night after a long illness, his wife and lifelong business partner Jytte at his side.
Born in 1944, Bolby came to lighting design and production in his early 20s and remained active in the field until he became ill two years ago. He was not one to dwell on the past, and was amused to discover that his 1960s light designs had become popular collectors’ items and were undergoing a thriving trade in cyberspace. He and Jytte collaborated with vintage design dealer and journalist Sune Riishede to produce a profile of his 1960s and 1970s lighting for our sister site classic-modern.co.uk, which led shortly afterwards to a feature on Danish TV programme Hvad er det værd?
For Bolby’s many friends, this clip offers some solace today, replacing the image of his painful battle with illness with a memory of the smiling and charismatic man amongst his colourful creations.