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TC2 light object, Aldo van den Nieuwelaar, Artimeta 1969

When the TC2 was designed in 1969, it was first presented in art galleries that represented prominent constructivist and minimal artists like Sol LeWitt and Francois Morellet. Between 1972 and 1974 lighting company Artimeta took it into production. In order to keep a constant thickness, the tube could not simply be bent, It had to be welded bit by bit by craftsmen. Because of the high production costs and it being a very avant-garde object, only 127 white ones were ever produced. 

Van den Nieuwelaar wanted the light to be pure white. Let it reflect off the wall for it to evenly spread out. You can twist the top part to direct it. On the bottom it has small adjustable feet to get it straight on any floor. 



As fluorescent tubes came in standard sizes of 30, 60, 120, 150 cm etc. Aldo van den Nieuwelaar took 15 cm as a unit for a 3 dimensional grid. He approached the tube as a line, which bends off along the 3 spatial axes in segments of 15 cms. Most of van den Nieuwelaars designs are systematically restricted to this 15 cm grid. 



Note that the TC2 was designed for thick fluorescent tubes, which are no longer in production, but we still have them on stock. Extra tubes can be ordered from our gallery. Each tube has a lifespan of many years


  • Designer

    Aldo vn den Nieuwelaar
  • Manufacturer

    Artimeta Soest
  • Year of design

  • Country

    The Netherlands
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    H: 195, W: 73, D: 15 cm
  • Condition

  • Price

    Sold: Paris, France

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