A Danish reader, Harry Møller Nielsen, left a most interesting comment yesterday on our blog entry Jørn Utzon and the Søvaernspendel, one of two we wrote last December about the hotly debated question of the identity of the original designer of that much-loved Danish lamp (pictured below), the second entry being entitled More on Utzon and the Søvaernspendel.
For the benefit of our non Danish-speaking readers, we have translated Harry’s fascinating comment into English:
The Søvaernspendel was designed by a naval architectural firm in 1947. The head of the studio was an architect named Jens Klok, and his nephew Henning Klok, then a student of architecture, worked in the studio – and it was he who designed the Søvaernspendel. He later became a very talented architect, who as well as being Denmark’s first municipal employee housing councillor, also later became known for his chairs and tables.
We were able to find two examples of Henning Klok’s later design work (images below) – the Flag Halyard chair and Vestervang Kirke in Viborg, designed with Poul Erik Jensen and built in 1970. If anyone can add any further information about Henning Klok, we’d love to hear it!