THE FIRST ADJUSTABLE BAUHAUS DESK LAMP - 1919 -
The design of this modular luminaire is a continued design of the well-known models no. 113 and no. 114 that were used in the Bauhaus.
Midgard ontwikkelde, onder leiding van Curt Fisher het ontwerp van een modulair armatuur in de loop van het jaar 1920. Er wordt algemeen aangenomen dat hij de eerste was die verstelbare lampen uitvond. Het doel was om aan alle mogelijke lichtbehoeften te voldoen in zowel privé setting als in een openbare setting.
Midgard fixtures can be defined by superior functionality, fantastic craftsmanship and inventiveness. Midgard's modular lamps are still built in the mind of its inventor as a configurable design.
Customers can choose between different lengths and different types of lampshades and colors according to individual requirements.
All parts of this fixture are manufactured to this day with the original tools and machines in Germany.
Midgard_Factsheet_Modular.pdf (157 downloads)
These models are supplied with a 1.5 meter black cord as standard.
Switch on the lampshade.
The designer Curt Fischer (1890 - 1956) is believed to be the first designer of adjustable lighting. He is also the founder of the company Midgard .
His first designs date from 1919, so even before the mythical Lampe GRAS luminaires from France.
The first Midgard units appear at the machines of Ronneberger & Fischer and in its factories in Auma (Thuringe, Germany). The first lamps were really commercialized in 1922. The lamps were then marketed under the name Midgard. His designs such as the scissor lamp, for example, set the tone for a series of high-quality, robust and aesthetically beautiful work lamps that came into their own in rough factory buildings as well as in an office or. Thanks to many different mounting systems, the lamps could be used on metalworking machines, in sewing workshops, at architects' drawing tables and in offices. While the base of the model remained the same, an adapted base could be chosen, depending on the working environment.
The lamps were very successful and were even used in the workshops of the prestigious Bauhaus school . The director at the time (1923-1925), Walter Gropius was a big fan of this model (source: 1000 Lights)
“We later envied the inventors of the Midgard lamp’s arm. Our lamps were adjustable too, but they simply weren’t as elegant.”
Marianne Brandt, Bauhaus Artist