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Design by Poul Christiansen, between 1969 and 1978.
These hand-folded sculptural pendant shades have been in continuous production by the Danish company Le Klint. The material is a color-stabilized white PVC which is completely washable and anti-static. Le Klint pendants are enjoying renewed popularity along with other design icons of the 1960's. All pendants include 9.5 feet of white cord.
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT, FLUORESCENT
Listing: UL, CUL, ENERGY STAR
Instructions: Click to download instructions.
Model(s): LK171 LK171B LK171BG LK171C LK171CG 171 171B 171BG 171C 171CG leklint #171 #171B #171BG #171C #171CG
Between 1969 and 1987 Poul Christiansen brought innovative and exciting dimensions to Le Klint's lamp shades. Prior to his involvement the shades had been folded in pleats and in straight lines across the pleats. Poul Christiansen discovered that folding in mathematical curves gave the lamp shades beautiful and unique sculptural shapes.See other lights/products from Poul Christiansen
Modern Danish Lighting from Le Klint
P.V. Jensen Klint was an architect and also a far-sighted and visionary gentleman. He had designed a stoneware oil lamp which needed an appropriate shade. What does the gifted and curious designer do? He invents a unique product a lamp shade with folding across the pleats.
P.V. Jensen was a Bachelor of Engineering, an architect and a painter. One must accentuate two achievements which still remain after his death. One is the Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen and the other is the cross pleated lamp shade which 40 years later went into production under the company name of LE KLINT.
Tage Klint, son of P.V. Jensen Klint, was the creative entrepreneur who in 1943 chose to turn the family's artistically folded lamp shades into a regular business. He also added a crucial detail to the original shades; the unique collar at the top of the lamp, designed to fix the shade to the metal stand. Furthermore, he designed a number of lamps which have all been a part of LE KLINT's assortment.
In 1953 his son, Jan Klint, took over the company. As a business man, he was years ahead of his time. In order to secure his employees, he created a fund which has since 1972 been in charge of the company LE KLINT. In addition, the fund supports former employees, designers and architects.
The unique concept and the enterprising Klint family would not have been enough on their own, because without one particular resource, namely all the skilled pleaters at Le Klint, it would have been impossible to put the concept into actual production.
Assiduous, precise and highly dextrous, they have turned the designers' proposals and models into beautiful shades over the years. The pleaters are still there today because no machine can ever replace craftsmanship.
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Great light! Great customer service.
By:Erik , Homeowner
The light was larger than I had imagined, but the curvature, the feeling, the statement it makes is exactly what our 1950 ranch needs. Extremely sturdy, lightweight, will be easy to clean. Absolutely love it.
By:elena c. , Homeowner (Northampton, MA)
The look is very cool for my daughter's room!
The way this fixture hangs is a little flimsy. It took a little doing to make sure it hung even and straight.
By:Renee L. , Designer (New Orleans)
Looks great but lacked instructions.
We purchased this light for our dining room. The light didn't come with any directions. It also came with some "extra" pieces that I could not figure out how to use. The light installed easily once I chose what pieces not to use. The directions would have been especially useful in determing what use these pieces have. Anyway the light seems fine without them and looks great.
By:Neal J. , Homeowner (Middleton, WI)
The pendant light was not difficult for the electrician to install and I am happy that it does not require a fancy bulb. While it arrived very carefully packed--boxes, layers of plastic, etc.--it is not all that delicate in handling.
By:Sheila T. , Homeowner (Atlanta, GA)
We hung the larger size of this lamp a little bit low over a four-person Eames dining table & chairs in front of floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of our mid-century house. It's the first thing people comment on when they come to the door. We threw a party with fellow architecture fans, and people examined the lamp closely with good things to say. I will note, you'll need compressed air with a straw nozzle to blow little dead bugs out of the creases inside. But, that's easy enough, and you can get a can at any office supply store -- it's used to clean keyboards.
By:Carrie B. , Homeowner (Kansas City)
I love my Le Klint light fixture.
I bought a bunch of lights from different websites but the Le Klint light I bought from YLighting arrived first. It was in perfect shape, it was delivered fast, and I got a great price.
By:lyn a. , Designer (berkeley, ca)
I ordered this light for my client and it was a perfect fit in her children's room. It is very crisp and sculptural. Because it's not made of glass and seems to be a stronger plastic, it was a safer choice in this bedroom. It also casts a very cool shadow on the ceiling that the kids love! Thanks as always Y Lighting!
By:Foosology , Designer (Chicago, IL)
Absolutley Love It
This is the 4th Le Klint pendant I have purchased for various homes I have owned over the past several years... each one is unique and beautiful... this one is no exception! Many people have said they have seen "similar" lights at a retail chain store... "similar" is an understatement. Those lights are cheap knockoffs... this is the real thing and well worth the price. It looks gorgeous turned off (looks like a sculpture) and is even more gorgeous illuminated (throws an incredible light effect on the ceiling). Buy it, you'll love it!
By:Noah , Homeowner (Clearwater, FL)
great product for the price
wish they made bigger versions
By:Carrie B. , Homeowner (nyc, ny 10011)
Classic Le Klint
I installed this Le Klint 171 into my 1870s Victorian and it looks great. It gives a nice updated/hip feel to my relic of a house. Also relatively easy to install.
By:Lindsay , Homeowner (San Francisco, CA)
This lamp is beautiful and looks great in our dining room. Some elements of the frame and bulb socket are somewhat crude and seem inappropriate on a $300+ product, but these are invisible to the casual observer. Making the lamp hang straight took some effort...
By:Scott M. , Homeowner (Chicago)
If you like modern and clean, but want a little fun and geometry, this is your fixture. I love all the Klints, but this one is my favorite. YLighting delivered super fast and product was just what I was looking for. Couldn't find cheaper anywhere else.
By:Sean , Homeowner (Washington)
Perfect for our space
We needed to modernize our historic home a bit, and replace the hideous (and all too small) chandelier with shades that the previous owners had. Since we have 10-foot ceilings, we appreciated having enough cord length to play around with. This particular design does not seem to trap dust and bugs (we've had it for about three months now) the way the other, more popular Le Klint pendant seems to.
By:Guevara F. , Homeowner (New York, NY)
Beautiful, subtle design
Our Pendant 171 has been a welcome addition to our dining room. We chose the middle size, which has been perfect for our space (roughly 12 feet by 12 feet dining room), though we hung it fairly close to the ceiling (18 inches). The lamp is wonderful - very interesting and architectural, but it doesn't dominate the space. It also puts out a nice amount of light for the room, which we were a little concerned about. The delivery and service (and price) were exceptional.
By:Robert M. , Homeowner (Washington, DC)
Love the organic form of this pendant.
This pendant was purchased for my design studio and I love it!
By:Regina S. , Designer (Burlington)
Beautiful, Very Special Pendant!
I literally looked at over a thousand lighting fixtures on line at several different websites to find the perfect light to replace an old dining room chandelier. The Le Klint fixtures just captivated me, although they were a huge change from the iron and glass chandelier I was replacing. After settling on the 171, I called Ylighting to get advice on the proper size for my room. The staff member I spoke with, Randy, was extremely helpful. I chose the largest size for my 10 x 12 dining room. The pendant was shipped promptly, and was very carefully packaged. I was surprised at how beautiful a shade made from PVC could really be. It is absolutely beautiful installed and gives off plenty of light. It adds such elegance to the room. I am very glad I went with the largest size as it fits the room perfectly - big enough to have a strong presence without being overpowering. One friend commented that my dining room now looks like something out of a magazine. I am extremely happy with this purchase.
By:Janet , Homeowner (Albuquerque)
Classic modern pendant
We're hanging this in our nursery so our baby will develop a sense of style early.
By:Elizabeth K. (St Louis, MO)
This lighting fixture is incredibly beautiful
This is a really beautiful, artful pendant light. It is very modern and minimal - it looks quite asian and beautiful.
By:Jane M. (Washington D.C.)
Beautiful, Elegant fixture, lightweight and excellent service with fast delivery!
We needed a nice fixture for our step-up dining area in a 950 SF 1BR apt. We wanted a pendant that would be dimmable and which would diffuse soft light in front of a somewhat glossy dark brown rear accent wall. This pendant fit the bill perfectly. The phone rep at Ylighting patiently answered all our questions regarding which size to buy (we chose the largest since the DR is open to the LR), what dimmer switch to use and CFLs vs. incandescent bulbs. The pendant itself arrived very quickly and was packed extremely well. Our first impression was how light weight it was (featherweight, to be exact). I was expecting a more glass-like finish and chandelier weight, but this only gave an impression of elegant airiness rather than any aura of flimsiness or of a cheap fixture. Overall we were very happy with our purchase and felt the money was well spent.
By:Philip P. , Homeowner (NYC)
Le Klint 171 A, this is the A lamp and it's nice :-) We are happy with it. This one is a keeper :-)))
By:Anja H. , Homeowner (San Diego)
delicate and simple
This is a very light weight light with a very simple design. It came quickly and packaged securely to prevent any damage. Purchased for a baby room and lights it beautifully. Only complaint - did not come with any instructions and the online instructions are worthless.
By:Laura D. , Homeowner (Verona, NJ)
Beautiful and great light
This is a stylish and high quality light. It provides great light, and we liked it so much, we ordered another Le Klint for another room. Highly recommend.
Clean lines, nice light!
We really like this line of lights. Ordered this one after liking the first one we ordered. Highly recommend.
By:Rachel W. , Homeowner (Washington)
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