TecnolumenWagenfeld WG24 (1924), Wilhelm Wagenfeld
Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1900-1990) was one of the most important industrial designers of the 20th Century, and studied under the direction of László Moholy-Nagy in Bauhaus. He designed glass and metal works for Jenaer Glaswerk, Schott & Gen., Rosenthal and WMF. Most of his designs are still produced until these days.
His most iconic design is the 1924 Wagenfeld Lamp, often named the ‘Bauhaus lamp’, which he designed together with Karl J. Jucker. This lamp embodies the essential Bauhaus idea: form follows function. Through the employment of simple geometric shapes — circular base, cylindrical shaft, and spherical shade — Wagenfeld and Jucker achieved simplicity and, in terms of time and materials, economy. The lamp’s working parts are visible, and the opaque glass shade, a type formerly used only for industrial lighting, helps to diffuse the light. Initial attempts at marketing the lamp in 1924 were unsuccessful, primarily because most of its parts were still hand assembled at the Bauhaus. Today, the lamp is widely produced by Tecnolumen, and is generally perceived as an icon of modern industrial design.
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