This minimalist tube light 'buizenlamp' was originally conceived in 1922 by the famous Dutch designer Gerrit Rietveld, for the office of a general practitioner. Over the years, until the 1990s an unknown number of copies have been produced by Rietveld’s (authorized) cabinet maker Gerard van de Groenekan.
The lamp on offer was acquired by a single lady in the 1960s or 1970s when she had her apartment in The Hague furnished by an interior architect. After she passed away a niece inherited this lamp.
It’s likely that the lamp was ordered from Van de Groenekan (working drawings on Rietveld’s designs were not generally available at that time). But since Van de Groenekan didn’t mark all of his works - and no documentation about the decoration of the apartment has survived - it is not possible to establish with 100% certainty that this particular piece was indeed executed by Van de Groenekan as well.
The lamp is still equipped with the originals glass tubes, which are broken in various places. In addition we will provide the buyer with a new set of custom made glass tubes. If desired, we could provide the buyer with the three tubular incandescent light bulbs as well. But please be advised that they will only work on 220 Volts.
Dimensions: Depth 15.7 inches (40 cm), Width 15.7 inches (40 cm), Height 61.0 inches (155 cm).
Size of the black wooden blocks: depth 1.5 inches (3.7 cm), width 1.5 inches (3.7 cm), length 1.8 inches (4.6 cm).
- M. Küper & I. van Zijl, Gerrit Th. Rietveld: The Complete Works (Utrecht 1992), p. 87.
- C. Fiell & P. Fiell, 1000 Lights: 1879 to 1959 (Cologne 2005), p. 228-229.
Tube Light attributed to Gerrit Rietveld
Good fair condition. Consistent with age and use. Not restored. Glass tubes are broken in various places. The buyer will be provided with a new set of glass tubes.