INabstracto‘s Kate Eisen and sometime partner Duncan Farnan hit the motherlode recently when they stumbled upon an old warehouse with an impressive stock of vintage Lotte Lamps, circa 1964. The lamps ($195 each) have their original shades and original tags but Eisen and Farnan have rewired them to today’s safety standards. Colors include coral, dark blue, robin’s egg, golden yellow, celadon, brown and white.
“Lottes of this vintage in perfect condition are quite rare,” says Eisen, “as well as being highly collectible by Americans, Canadians and Europeans.”
Lotte Lamps are a Canadian classic often presumed to be a Scandinavian design owing to their general aesthetic. In fact, the Bostlund family responsible for the line, emigrated to Canada from Denmark in 1952 and founded the company in Oak Ridges, Ontario, in 1957. Lotte’s are still being produced today and there’s a fantastic family history on the company’s website.