Directional: the K 831 Pendant Brings Light Into Every Corner – Thanks to its Rotatable Reflector
New life for a beautifully designed classic lamp: launched in 2014, the K 831 pendant blends tradition and superior quality with timeless and functional design. Originally produced by Kandern, the 1931 lamp design is now offered in a re-edition by Midgard. The lamp’s most outstanding feature is its rotatable, round shade, which allows the user to direct the light according to personal preferences and needs. David Einsiedler and Joke Rasch, founders of the Hamburg-based interdisciplinary PLY company and, since 2016, owners of the historical Midgard lamp brand, have developed the re-edition of the lamp. The iconic lamp collection includes a choice of different colours and materials, as well as an optional fitting to adjust the lamp’s height. In the production, which takes place exclusively in Germany, Midgard places great importance on sustainable, traditional materials and techniques.
Einsiedler and Rasch have deliberately based the re-edition on the original design’s functional principle, which was influenced by the Bauhaus, while introducing a contemporary form and using modern materials. The K 831’s most significant design feature was – and still is – its reflector: attached to the lower, semi-spherical part of the holder, it can be rotated and tilted in all directions. This flexible light source perfectly ties in with the philosophy of the inventor of directional light, Curt Fischer, and his Midgard brand, founded in 1919. Like all Midgard lamps, the K 831’s shade is carefully handcrafted: steel, aluminium or copper is turned manually, using traditional methods. The aluminium version is optionally available with powdercoating, while the steel shades come with an enamel finish in five different colours (pearl white, pale green, concrete grey, traffic black and charcoal, all with a white interior surface). Featuring a turn-switch, the K 831’s holder is made of Bakelite, the first fully synthetic and industrially produced plastic material in history. Like the original, the K 831 is mounted with a textile-covered cable, also available in different colours (charcoal, light grey, neon yellow, orange and red). The cable comes in any desired length and, thanks to a flexible wall fitting, the height of the lamp can be adjusted easily. The lamp boasts a state-of-the-art E 27 socket that can also take LED bulbs.
The high degree of customisability in combination with the flexibility offered by the rotatable shade and the adjustable cable length, together with the powerful light output, allow the K 831 to be used for the most varying applications: from individual workstations to meeting rooms and reception areas, from window displays to light pools above product presentations in the retail sector, and, of course, in the home. The both functional and decorative qualities of the K 831 make the pendant, with its industrial charm, an absolute allrounder.
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