Two Beautiful Task Lamps by Dick Van Hoff
I don’t know where I first saw this lamp, but I instantly liked it. It was sort of quirky beautiful, with a retro look, but an obviously contemporary mix of elements in ceramic and wood. I finally saw it in the flesh on one of my Matter visits and found out the rather cool back story…
In 2007, the oldest company in the Netherlands, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, which makes ceramics, chose to work with very very modern and often Droog designer, Dick Van Hoff, to create something for the Salone del Mobile in Milan. Working with their ceramic craftsmen, Van Hoff designed a group of desk objects called “Work” which featured two desk lamps, a clock, a vase and a pen-tray.
Of all of this, it’s the lamps that stand out most. Available in three colors and two sizes, they are called “high” and “low”, and feature a dramatic mix of ceramic, oak and a halogen bulb. They’re not cheap (they’re really expensive), but for those design lovers out there (and you know who you are) this is an amazing and totally unique design statement. I like.