Offered by: H. Gallery
Concordiastraat 68 - 127 Utrecht 3551EM , Netherlands Call Seller 0031302270051


Gispen Opal Glass Stepped Ceiling Lamp, The Netherlands 1950s

$ 1,188
  • Description
    This Gispen ceiling lamp in opal white glass stands as a testament to timeless design, seamlessly merging the elegance of the Art Deco period with the refined minimalism of the 1950s. At first glance, its unique appearance captures attention, showcasing a layered glass shade that exudes innovative sophistication.

    What sets this ceiling lamp model apart is its so-called stepped design, reminiscent of a wedding cake. The term "stepped design" refers to the distinct arrangement of layers or steps that gradually rise, creating a tiered effect. In the context of this Gispen Ceiling Cap, these steps in the glass shade and the metal canopy produce a visually striking aesthetic. The layered glass creates a subtle play of light and shadow, adding depth and dimension to the ambient illumination it provides. Furthermore, the stepped design on lamps serves a dual purpose: firstly, it adds a touch of architectural interest, turning a functional object into a sculptural element in the room. The gradual rise of layers not only contributes to the lamp's visual appeal but also imparts a sense of balance and proportion. Secondly, the stepped arrangement serves to diffuse and distribute light more effectively. The varying levels of the opal glass shade break up the light, preventing harsh glare and create a softer, more welcoming atmosphere. Examining the metal canopy reveals the same stepped arrangement, creating a cohesive and harmonious design language throughout the lamp. This design choice, inspired by mid-century aesthetics, not only pays homage to a specific era but also underscores the enduring appeal of thoughtful and considered design. Willem Hendrik Gispen, a pioneer of Dutch functionalism, was born in Amsterdam in 1890. Prior to the outbreak of World War I, he studied architecture at the Academy of Visual Arts & Technical Science in Rotterdam. In 1916, he set up an eponymous metalwork shop dedicated to ornamental iron, brass, and bronze decorative arts. During these early years, Gispen produced objects in Expressionist and Art Nouveau styles. Later, innovative pieces such as this semi flush mount came in existence. Gispen models have taken a special place in the world of design, innovation, inspiration, and sustainability. Each design was an innovative step at the time, referring to projects such as the Giso lighting or the ‘Goed Wonen’ period.

    In essence, this Gispen Ceiling Lamp transcends mere functionality, offering a piece of decor that seamlessly blends the classic and the modern, making a statement without resorting to clichés or overtly promotional language.

    In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use.

    7.87 in Ø x 8.26 in H
    20 cm Ø x 21 cm H

    This lamp will be packaged and shipped with the greatest care and attention to make sure you will receive the item in gallery condition. Complimentary shipping within the Netherlands.

    VAT normally applies and will be added to items when purchased by a European buyer or transported to a location within the EU.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: Netherlands
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Brass, Opal Glass
    Condition: Good. In good vintage condition. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Creation Date: 1950s
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Dealer Reference #: 20232077
    Incollect Reference #: 698194
  • Dimensions
    H. 8.27 in; Diam. 7.87 in;
    H. 21 cm; Diam. 20 cm;
Message from Seller:

Located in Utrecht, The Netherlands, H. Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary design with a strong focus on Brazil and Scandinavia. The gallery strives to preserve and promote especially Brazil's rich design heritage and curates a select group of contemporary artists. Meticulous research, ie getting in contact with the original designers, producers, their heirs, and retrieving and indexing old catalogues and magazines is at the heart of its activities. All works presented excel in great

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