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L40 Rietveld Lamp

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld - 1922
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It was while designing a consulting room for Dr. Hartog of Maarsen in The Netherlands in 1922 that the Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld developed the first prototype of a ceiling light consisting of elements arranged at right angles to each other and hanging freely in space. 

The light, along with his famous Red/Blue chair, would become synonymous with De Stijl.

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888-1964) was a Dutch furniture designer and architect. Being one of the principal members of the Dutch artistic movement called De Stijl, Rietveld is famous for his Red and Blue Chair and for the Rietveld Schröder House, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rietveld was born in Utrecht in 1888 as the son of a joiner. He left school at 11 to be apprenticed to his father and enrolled at night school before working as a draughtsman for a jeweller. By the time he opened his own furniture workshop in 1917, Rietveld had taught himself drawing, painting and model-making. He afterwards set up in business as a cabinet-maker.

Rietveld designed his famous Red and Blue Chair in 1917. Hoping that much of his furniture would eventually be mass-produced rather than handcrafted, Rietveld aimed for simplicity in construction. In 1918 he started his own furniture factory, and changed the chair's colors after becoming influenced by the "De Stijl" movement which was founded the year before by Theo van Doesburg, and he became a member in 1919, the same year in which he became an architect. The contacts that he made at De Stijl gave him the opportunity to exhibit abroad as well for example in 1923, Walter Gropius invited Rietveld to exhibit at the Bauhaus.

Rietveld broke with "De Stijl" in 1928 and became associated with a more functionalist style of architecture. From the late 1920s he was concerned with social housing, inexpensive production methods, new materials, prefabrication and standardization. In 1927 he was already experimenting with prefabricated concrete slabs, a very unusual material at that time.
In the 1920s and 1930s, however, all his commissions came from private individuals, and it was not until the 1950s that he was able to put his progressive ideas about social housing into practice, in projects in Utrecht and Reeuwijk.

TECTA is a furniture manufacturing company based in Lauenförde, Germany. It was founded in 1956 by the architect Hans Könecke. The company name comes from Latin, and means "to design" or "to execute". In 1972 Werner and Axel Bruchhäuser took over the company, and Bruchhäuser remains in charge to this day, jointly since 2001 with his nephew Christian Drescher.

The product line of Tecta consists of Bauhaus re-editions, such as the iconic cantilever chair, and derivative designs. Numerous items of furniture created by avant-garde designers of the 1920s have been mass-produced for the first time by Tecta. Tecta’s faithful and licensed re-editions of Bauhaus models are approved by the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin and bear as an imprint the Bauhaus symbol designed by Oskar Schlemmer in 1922 at the original Bauhaus school in Weimar.

Tecta also works with a variety of contemporary architects and artists to create modern furniture based on Bauhaus principles.

Tecta continues to work in the commitment to the Modern Movement - a movement which, as architect Peter Smithson put it, "…is not legacy in the sense of a sum of money to be spent or speculated with…it is a genetic stance, a responsibility…something to live up to."

Suspension lamp

3 tubular lamps, 6 acrylic hanging tubes, wooden sockets

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3 x S19 socket LED tubes included
Additional or spare LED tubes available. Please contact us for inquiries.
The light fixture can be ordered with a custom height. Please contact us for inquiries.
Note: this product requires an electrical connection by a licensed electrician

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