Friday, September 4, 2009
As a child, in and around the 1960's I remember going to my father's work place on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. At that time the business was a bit of a hybrid; an electical supply company/ manufacturers representaive organization servicing both investor owned utility companies like Con Edison along with electical contractors. Vividly that memory conjures up a smattering of lighting designs throughout the showroom. From those early days I realized how light be it natural or otherwise can make or shape a particular space. Iconic designer Mariano Fortuny said it best "its not the quantity but the quality of light that makes things more visible".
Fast forward four decades later and my facination with modern design very much so includes 20th century light forms, particularly light forms having european and nordic provenance. These wonderful vintage designs can anchor a space beautifully. Aside from their pleasing aesthetic the quality of light they emit is equally noteworthy.
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Arreduluce Triennale by Gino Sarfatti c1950's (black cone shades)
Arteluce Articulated wall light c1950's (red)
Bag- Bronzewarenfabrik by Professor D Morr c.1950's (white shades)
Poul Henningsen Artichoke pendant for Louis Poulsen (white)
2097 chandelier by Gino Sarfatti for Flos