Architect Carl Ernst Westman (1866-1936) trained at the Royal Institute of Technology and the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, later working in New York and then for Aron Johnson in Stockholm before opening his own architectural firm in 1897. Westman was one of the foremost advocates of the Nordic National Romantic Style, which was influenced by aspects of the English Arts and Crafts movement, but with a self-conscious desire to create distinctly Swedish design. His most important buildings include the General Medical Association building in Stockholm (1904-1906), an early landmark of National Romanticism, as well as the Röhss Museum in Gothenburg (1910-1914) and the Stockholm Court House (1911-1915).
This spectacular light fixture was designed by Carl Westman specifically for his brother Gustav’s home, from which this piece comes. The fixture can be adjusted to hang lower. The large glass spheres serve as counterweights. The use of tripled smaller beads points might have been influenced by similar gestures in designs of the Vienna Seccessionists.
21 in. (53 cm) D x 60 in. (152 cm) H (adjustable)
Image rights: Gallery BAC
Unique piece for brother Gustav’s home