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Eye On Design: Table Lamp By Josef Hoffmann

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Josef Hoffman designed this stylized Table Lamp in 1904, when artificial light sources were shifting from gas to electric, which challenged designers to innovate in accordance with the new technology.

table lamp by josef hoffmann photo by gail worley

Rather than putting shades around the bulbs, Hoffmann left the light source exposed. The suspended glass spheres echo the bulbs shape and draw further attention to the new technology as they catch and reflect the electric light. The lamp was manufactured by Konrad Schindel of Denmark.

table lamp by josef hoffmann photo by gail worley

Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.