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George W. Hansen

George W. Hansen introduced the original swing arm lamp over 60 years ago. The swing arm lamp remains ubiquitous and is the standard for quality by which all others are judged. When Harry Hinson acquired Hansen Lamps in 1991, George Hansen was quoted “It gives me great please to know that my original classic swing arm lamps are still being produced in the same meticulous method as before. The lamp has evolved to its present-day perfection and remains the favorite of interior designers and architects who use it in traditional and contemporary settings. It is mechanically perfect, of the finest quality and recommended by designers world-wide. It remains unequivocally, The Lamp. We thank all the designers who have made this lamp famous and who will continue to use the original.”

The idea for the swing arm wall lamp originated, in of all places, a lonely weather station in Goose Bay, Labrador in Newfoundland, Canada. While spending a dark winter there as an Army staff sergeant during World War II, George Hansen built a lamp that would allow him to read in bed: a length of copper tubing bolted to a wall, bent and wired with a bulb at the end. “I used an old tin can to shield the bulb,” Hansen would recall.

After the war, Hansen set up shop at First Avenue and 53rd Street. His lamps attracted architects Edward Durell Stone, Phillip Johnson, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and interior designers Billy Baldwin, Edward Wormly, Eleanor Brown, Sister Parrish, Albert Hadley as well as his future collaborator, world-renowned designer, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings who designed for Hansen Lamps. Mr. Hansen died on December 6, 2001 at the venerable age of 92.

Early in his career, George Hansen entered into an association with Metalarte, S.A., Spain, a premier manufacturer of lighting. A significant portion of the current Hinson Lighting collection is produced at Metalarte in Barcelona.

Lamps designed by George W. Hansen