ERNST RADEMACHER GmbH TASK LAMP.
A FINE EXAMPLE OF A BAUHAUS CLASSIC
Normally we only focus on British made and/or designed objects but we do have to admit to holding more than a small fondness for the German Modernists. Walter Gropius’ founding of the Bauhaus in the 1920s, with it’s iconoclastic (and holistic) views on the nature of what design had been up to that point, has arguably had the single most profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design and typography, of any creative movement in the last 100 years.
Designed by Ernst Rademacher as a industrial task lamp, this example had languished in a metal fabricator’s workshop for decades. Rademacher GmbH of Dusseldorf was founded in 1914 as an electrical appliance retailer. During the ’20s the company began production of Rademacher’s own designs for industrial task lighting; hand lamps and jointed desk lamps & machinist’s lamps, their designs registered with the DRP (German Patent Office). Today the Rademacher name still exists in connection with contemporary industrial lighting, having been absorbed by Scmidt-Strahl. These early Rademachers have a simplicity and elegance of design arguably only matched by Dugdills, but there are far fewer Rademachers left in the world.
This hugely elegant lamp has been polished to a matte finish and rewired with brand new braided cable. For sale mounted on an Iroko desk base & featuring a period, ceramic and bakelite on/off toggle switch. The lamp cable enters the base through a brass cable gland and is channelled forwards, through the timber, to the switch before returning to exit through another brass gland, trailing 2.5 metres of plugged cable. The bulb holder is a bayonet fit and we have installed a small, round globe LED bulb.
As a final detail, the desk base has been given 3 routed channels to hold your Rotring propelling pencil and 2 draughtsman’s lining pens. Very precise. Very German.
DIMENSIONS: Stand height 73cm
Shade diameter 33cm
Approx max Height 110cm
ORIGIN: Dusseldorf, Germany
CONDITION: Very Good