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Philips NG74/30 by Louis Kalff

295,00 €

Stunning pendant by Louis Kalff for Philips. Also known as NG74/30 this lamp has a solid teak wireholder and the handblown milkglass shade is in very good condition.

CONDITION:

•In excellent condition.
•Ready to use, cleaned and re-wired

 


DETAILS:
•Designer :Louis Kalff
•Manufacturer :Philips.
•Model :NG74/30
•Material :Solid teak and milkglass.
•Colour : White.
•Dimensions :Ø 30 cm Height: 28 cm.
•Provenance :The Netherlands.
•Period :1965.

 

About the designer Louis Kalff:

 

Louis Kalff

 

Dutch designer, art director, and architect Louis C. Kalff was born in Amsterdam in 1897.  In 1916, he began architecture studies at the Technical University of Delft. As a student, he designed posters, banners, and costumes for school-related activities. In 1923, he interned for the architect D.F. Slothouwer. In December 1924, Kalff applied via letter to Anton Philips, president of Eindhoven-based light bulb and radio tube manufacturer Philips, asserting that the company’s advertising was not modern enough. On January 5, 1925, the 27-year-old Kalff joined Philips and was charged with the task of modernizing the company’s artistic and commercial advertising. In 1929, the Lighting Advisory Office (LIBU) was established under Kalff’s leadership to advise companies and architects in the field of lighting. In 1946, he was appointed Philips’ art director.

 

During his Philips years, Kalff helped define the overall color, material, and form choices for a variety of projects. He also designed advertisements, branding, exhibitions, lighting, and various other products, including memorable pieces such as the curvy Chapel Radio (1931). He also designed several architectural projects, including the Astronomical Observatory (1937, Eindhoven) and the spaceship-like Evoluon technology museum (1966, Eindhoven), which became a conference center in the 1990s. He also independently designed posters and book covers.

 

In 1958, Kalff initiated the Philips Pavilion at the Brussels World’s Fair. To demonstrate the company’s cutting-edge technology, he conceived a multimedia exhibition that featured an electronic poem (Le Poème Électronique) by Swiss architect Le Corbusier and music by French-American composer Edgard Varèse accompanied by a range of video and audio effects. Kalff retired in 1960, but remained active as a consultant and architect for Philips. He also lectured and, in 1941, wrote the book, Artificial Light and Architecture.

  • Designer : Louis Kalff
  • Manufacturer : Philips
  • Material : Teak and Milkglass
  • Colour : White
  • Measurements : Ø 30 cm Height: 28 cm
  • Condition : Excellent
  • Provenance: The Netherlands

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