A 1950’s lighting design originally created for the Danish Navy has been reissued by the Danish lighting brand Louis Poulsen. The charmingly renamed Doo-Wop Pendant is an updated version of the original Søvaernspendel or Navy Pendant—a collaboration of Denmark’s Navy Buildings Department and the in-house design team at Louis Poulsen—a light fixture that became a staple of the country’s Naval buildings, illuminating private offices and communal spaces alike.
The Navy Pendant remained part of Louis Poulsen’s lighting catalogue through the 1980’s, after which it receded from view altogether. In reissuing Doo-Wop, Louis Poulsen has adhered to original specifications—a design comprised of two aluminum elements, one conical and one gently flared—but has updated the pendant to include 6 contemporary colorways, including a spun brass-shaded iteration. Doo-Wop’s two elements work together to provide glare-free downward illumination (via the conical section), along with a broader and diffused downward and upturned glow provided by the flared outer shade.
The broad appeal of the Doo-Wop Pendant lies in both the quality of its illumination and its intrinsic versatility—medium size (11-inch diameter); adjustable suspension height; suited for both dining and desk lighting; applicable to both domestic and commercial use—and, not incidentally, the Nordic grace which makes it a compelling visual statement whether suspended singly or in a repeated pattern.