Bauhaus DESK LAMP, KARL TRABERT, G. SCHANZENBACH & CO CA 1930

One of my favourite “Bauhaus” lamps, because it so clearly shows the marriage between geometry and kinetic functionalism. The idea was that geometry would fascillitate industrial, standardised production on a large scale to provide everyone with affordabable, useful products . Not artistic creativity, but universal geometry was seen as "democratic design". The standardisation however was not meant to be monotonuous. Kinetics would make it possible for the individual to adjust a house and its components, like a big machine to live in.

This lamp from ca 1930 by Karl Trabert indeed looks like a machine. It can be moved back and forth, while the thin rod in the back keeps it straight. The shade has the shape of a perfectly round dome. It is a rare original from the 1930's, still in an amazing condition for its old age.

  • Designer

    Karl Trabert
  • Manufacturer

    G. Schanzernbach & Co
  • Year of design

    Ca 1930
  • Country

    Germany
  • Materials

    Metal, lacquered wood
  • Dimensions

    H: 48, diam: 33 cm
  • Condition

    Excellent
  • Price

    €1500,-

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