Bijou desk lamp by Louis Kalff for Philips, 1955.
A green Bijou desk lamp designed by Louis Kalff for Philips Eindhoven, The Netherlands around 1955.
This very 1950s office or desk lamp consists of a brass tripod base with a conical rod in the middle and a green UFO shaped aluminum shade.
The Louis Kalff desk lamps are some of the most iconic Dutch vintage design classics.
Very good vintage condition, this Bijou desk lamp has been repainted and rewired.
Tested and working, standard E27 socket mirror bulb included.
Louis Christiaan Kalff (Amsterdam, November 14, 1897 – Waalre, September 16, 1976) was a Dutch graphic designer. His father was editor-in-chief of the Algemeen Handelsblad. After an HBS education, Kalff studied at the Applied Arts School Quellinus Amsterdam (now the Rietveld Academy) and at the Technische Hogeschool in Delft.
Between 1925 and 1926, Louis Kalff, together with Jan Hanrath, designed the building of the Delft Student Rowing Club “Laga” in the style of the Amsterdam School.
In 1925 Louis Kalff started working at the advertising department of Philips in Eindhoven. Under his leadership, the Lighting Consultancy (LIBU) was established in 1929. He participated in the world exhibitions in Barcelona, Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. Kalff was the designer of the Philips logo. In addition, he designed posters and advertising printing as a freelancer for the Holland America line, Calvé, Zeebad Scheveningen, and Holland Radio. He also designed book bindings.
At Philips, Kalff also worked as an architect on objects such as: the Dr. A.F. Philips Observatory (1937) in Eindhoven, the Diamond Drilling Company (1948) in Valkenswaard and several country houses in Eindhoven and Waalre for directors of Philips.
After the Second World War, Kalff was actively involved in industrial design at Philips. After his retirement in 1960, Louis Kalff remained at Philips as a consultant and architect. In 1961 he was given the direction and execution of the Evoluon. It was the last work of the light architect who took care of the advertising of the Philips group for almost forty years.
Have a look at the original Dutch content:
Louis Kalff Wikipedia
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Louis Christiaan Kalff
Design classics, Dutch Design, Mid century modern