NINOTCHKA by Bent Karlby, 1954.

When giving shape to this lamp, Bent Karlby had taken note of an eye-catching hat, worn by the Swedish Hollywood star Greta Garbo in her 1939 film, Ninotchka. The organic body with its asymmetric drapes ensures functional direct downlight and diffused ambient uplight. The original NINOTCHKA was red with a contrasting white-lacquered inside. Today, the charming pendant also comes in white and black. 

The open-top design principle ensures diffused upward lighting while the downlight is even and direct, which makes for a functional as well as ambient lighting experience. The organic body and asymmetric drapes are reinforced by the contrasting white inside, allowing for a varied play with light and shadow depending on the viewer’s position.

The asymmetrical lamp is crafted from a single shade and is available in three different sizes.

A limited number are in stock. Please email for a copy of the latest in stock brochure.  Lead time on custom orders is 12 weeks.

Availabilty : 22-24 weeks


designer country of origin warranty
Bent Karlby 1912 - 1998 Denmark


195 - H 35  x  W 19,5  x  D 17 cm

275 - H 49,4  x  W 27,5  x  D 23,9 cm

425 - H 76,4  x  W 42,5  x  D 37 cm



Red: Brown / Matt white
White: Matt white / Matt white 
Black: Matt black / Matt black

White: 3m white textile cord
Black: 3m black textile cord
Red: 3m black textile cord

0,75 kg / 0,9kg / 2,02kg


Socket: E27
Max wattage: 40 Watt
Energy class: The luminaire is compatible with bulbs of energy classes A++ – D

Light source not included. Recommended light source: Philips LED 7W - 806 lumen




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Bent Karlby 1912 - 1998

Bent Karlby is widely regarded today as one of Denmark’s most productive and versatile lighting designers of the 20th century. He started his collaboration with LYFA in the 1940s, which was a partnership that would last nearly four decades. Bent Karlby is known for his soft light, organic shapes and hallmark peepholes. During his career, Karlby moved more towards pure geometric shapes such as the cone, cylinder and arc along with playful colours. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Bent Karlby never employed staff in his studio. He wanted things done his way and was known for his uncompromising work ethics. 


Among his most famous works are the Peanut, China, Japan, Mosaik, Ninotchka, Barcelona and Pan pendants, the Ergo table lamp as well as the Peacock, Quadrille, Pan and Gothic wall lamps.