In 1929 Arne Jacobsen, one of the grandfathers of Danish mid-century design, first brought his considerable skills to lighting fixtures. Predictably, the Bellevue AJ Floor Lamp is a stunning icon; a powder-coated monochrome masterpiece that fills any space with light or can be directed on its masterful swan neck. Jacobsen would reuse the asymmetrical shade for his most famous lamp many years later, but the Bellevue's simple grace and efficiency deserve to be considered alongside his greatest designs.
The Bellevue Lamp was inspired by tubular steel manufacture and actually owes more to the Bauhaus school of design than many of the Danish traditions Jacobsen emerged from. The understated form and design that reflects the production process itself are traits shared with the period's German modernists. The lamp was initially designed for a House of the Future exhibition in Copenhagen. Matching the angles of the house, the Bellevue was the lamp of the future and arguably still is.
Arne Jacobsen was one of Denmark’s most influential modern designers and a pioneer of minimalist Danish style. Part genius, part visionary, his creations included furniture, lighting, textiles and silverware. But he is best known for his elegant yet functional chair designs, the most famous of these being The Egg Chair, The Swan Chair, The Series 7 Chair and The Ant Chair. All Arne Jacobsen products complement each other perfectly, allowing you to mix, match and create your own unique style.
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