Shine a light on it
Anyone who visits the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK) around now can take a journey back through 100 years of adjustable light. A real innovation at the time, today the idea of a freely movable light source has long since become a fixed component of standard workplace equipment. No matter how much has changed in the course of the design history of directional light, the classics of old remain just as popular today.
Curt Fischer designed the "MODULAR" light system – it encompasses table, wall, ceiling and floor lamps – back in the 1920s. They were most recently produced in the third generation by the firm Ronneberger & Fischer under the original brand name Midgard. And then along came David Einsiedler and Joke Rasch, both based in Hamburg, who acquired the original tools as well as Curt Fischer’s hand-drawn plans in 2015. In 2017, they revived the brand Midgard. So it is that the maintenance-free hinges, Fischer’s invention, can continue to impress users to this day. The light system is also, as in the past, modular, meaning freely configurable with various bases, arm lengths, shade shapes and in three colors. The lamps plus all components are made in Germany. (mh)
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