Jørn Utzon (1918-2008) is regarded as one of the most influential Danish architects of the past century. He is the man behind buildings as Sydney Opera House, Kuwait National Assembly, Kingo Houses, Paustian House and Bagsværd Church. Jørn Utzon started his professional career by making lighting designs together with Sven Middelboe. In his later years, Utzon travelled to the USA, Mexico and Morocco, becoming distinctive sources of his architecture inspiration. His work is characterised by thoughtful functionalism and sculptural harmony, whether it be lighting, architecture, art or objects.
With his early lighting designs, Utzon worked with clear principles, which he carried with him into the architectural world. The iconic structures of the Sydney Opera House are an impressive sight that changes depending on the viewer's perspective. Each of the opposite-facing shells creates its sculptural expression – resembling the four shades of the SUNDOWNER pendant. The work of Jørn Utzon is characterised by his architectural versatility, but light has been the essential element throughout his career.