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Standard Lamp

Wilhelm Wagenfeld1926

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Wilhelm Wagenfeld, the leading designer for the Bauhaus in Germany, advocated the basic principles of the Bauhaus curriculum, which instructed students to design functional, simple, inexpensive and beautiful works that could be industrially produced and financially affordable to a growing middle class. Wagenfeld's vision elevates this lamp's materials, including the nickel-plated tubing and globe, which were easily obtainable at the local hardware store. The white glass globe seems suspended in space, and the undecorated white and silver of the glass and metal enhance this effect. This lamp is the only example of this model known to have been completed by the Metallwerkstatt des Staatlichen Bauhauses.

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  • Title: Standard Lamp
  • Creator: Wilhelm Wagenfeld, designer; Metallwerkstatt des Staatlichen Bauhauses, manufacturer
  • Date Created: 1926
  • Physical Dimensions: w292.1 x h1789.94 x d342.9 in
  • Culture: German
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: Purchase: the Charlotte and Perry Faeth Fund, Purchase: the Charlotte and Perry Faeth Fund
  • External Link: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Medium: Nickel-plated brass, glass, brass and resin

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