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CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF DESIGN

Written by 24 November 2011


Jill Porter

Celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2011, the KAISER idell is a timeless design icon, recognized as one of the world’s most famous lighting designs that evolved from the Bauhaus era.

Created by the German Silversmith Christian Dell in1931, the KAISER idell light collection is available as a table lamp, floor lamp, wall lamp and pendant in the original colours; black, ivory, white, ruby red and dark green.

Distinguished by its characteristic dome lampshade embossed with the trademark words ‘ORIGINAL KAISER idell’, the iconic design creates a special sculptural effect whilst the hand-painted shade and base beautifully reflect the light.

Fritz Hansen acquired the designed rights of this classic design icon in 2010 whose timeless design virtues perfectly match Fritz Hansen’s design profile. As with Poul Kjærholm and Arne Jacobsen’s furniture designs, the lamps are design icons where aesthetics and functionality unite wonderfully to exude robust elegance and Bauhaus quality.

The designer behind the classic design icon Christian Dell (1893-1974), is recognized as one of the leading characters behind the innovative and pioneering designs that appeared in the early thirties. Trained as a Silversmith at the ”Sächsische Kunstgewerbeschule“ (School of Arts and Crafts) in Hanau, Dell pursued his passion for craftsmanship and design working as a supervisor at the “Metallwerkstatt Bauhaus Weimar” (Weimar Bauhaus Metal Workshop) before being promoted as principal of the Metal Workshop at the “Frankfurter Kunstschule” (Frankfurt School of Arts) in 1926.

Dell’s influence was trend setting and visible in many designs over the decades and was particularly well known for his lamp designs. The KAISER idell series originally produced by the German lighting company Gebr. Kaiser & Co. was and still is a timeless design.


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