Since its very first production, Christian Dell's designs for the Kaiser Idell lamps have been phenomenally popular. Everything that has made the ceiling version an icon, the powerful light, innovative hinge and slightly asymmetrical dome, is reproduced here, but with a striking curved support that creates a gorgeous table lamp. As you would expect from a skilled craftsman and designer such as Dell, shade and arm can be adjusted separately to create a powerful and glare-free light, perfect for a home-office desk or bedroom side table.
The Kaiser Idell Table Lamp is pure Bauhaus. Its formal elegance is grounded by the functional innovations that Dell perfected whilst the Master Craftsman at the school between 1922-25. This period marks the beginning of a golden-age of design within the Weimar Republic and Dell taught this influential generation his expertise as a designer and silversmith. But the lamp series is not all functional seriousness. The name reveals a little of Dell's sly sense of humour; it combines his name and word for idea in Germany. It is quite literally, a bright idea.
1893 - 1974 (Germany)
Christian Dell spent the majority of his life training as a silversmith in various institutions, before helping define the tough and effective aesthetic of the Bauhaus school. In that design school's formative years he acted as the foreman of the metal workshop and was responsible for teaching a new generation his functional and reductive approach. The Kaiser Idell range is Dell's most well-regarded contribution, but he worked tirelessly on lamps, jewellery and metal sculpture, combining his practical approach with artistic sensibilities. Later in his career Dell also did pioneering work with early plastic technology.
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