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RAAK

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In Dutch, “raak” means “to hit” or “to hit the nail on the head.” Lighting company RAAK certainly accomplished that with its unique mid-century modern designs of futuristic, Space Age metal lamps, pendants and other lighting creations. 

RAAK was founded in 1954 by Carel O. Lockhorn (1923–2004), a former employee of the Philips Lighting company in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Under the tagline “Illuminated Architecture,” RAAK focused on producing elegant, sophisticated and modern lighting that would blend seamlessly with high-concept interiors. 

During the 1960s, one of RAAK’s most well-known designs came from its in-house designer, Frank Ligtelijn, who created the Globe 2000 series of glass and chrome floor lamps, pendants and wall lights. Another key collaboration was with Dutch artist and glassmaker Willem van Oyen, who produced the iconic Chartres wall lights in 1964. Van Oyen’s Brutalist design evoked melted paintings and was inspired by the stained glass windows in the Chartres Cathedral in France.

In the 1970s, RAAK worked with several influential international artists, such as Italian designers Sergio Asti, Giotto Stoppino and Cesare Casati and Emanuele Ponzio, and Finnish designers Maija Liisa Komulainen (best known for her metallic, cylindrical Fuga lamp) and Tapio Wirkkala, creator of the handblown crystal Suomi pendant lamps.

Through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, RAAK enjoyed enormous success throughout Europe and worldwide for its modern lamps and decorative lighting. In 1974, Lockhorn sold RAAK to the furniture company ITT but remained its director until 1977. In 1980, RAAK merged with BIS Lighting and was renamed BISRAAK. Then, in 1999, the company entered into another merger, this time with Artilite B.V. and Indoor B.V., and became the Center for Light Architecture. It declared bankruptcy in 2011.

RAAK lighting continues to be highly coveted today among interior designers and avid vintage furniture collectors.

On 1stDibs, discover a range of vintage RAAK lighting, decorative objects and more.

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Raak Amsterdam Hand-Blown Venetian Glass Pendants
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Located in Waalwijk, NL
Raak Amsterdam, pendants, model 'B-1217', Venetian glass, metal, The Netherlands, 1960s. Set of hand-blown Venetian glass pendants designed by...
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Large RAAK Pendants Model 'B-1011' in Aluminum and Perspex
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RAAK, pendants model 'B-1011', aluminum, lucite, The Netherlands, 1970s. Designed by RAAK, these large lantern pendants embrace a striking octagonal design crafted from anodized alu...
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RAAK Pendant in Smoked Pulegoso Glass and Brass
By RAAK
Located in Waalwijk, NL
RAAK Amsterdam, pendant, brass, glass, The Netherlands, circa 1968. Pendant with brass fixture and raindrop glass with a smoked-golden tint. The glass, which is called Pulegoso, co...
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RAAK Pendants in Smoked Pulegoso Glass and Brass
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RAAK Amsterdam, pendants, brass, glass, The Netherlands, circa 1968. Set of pendants with brass fixture and raindrop glass with a smoked-golden tint. The glass, which is called Pul...
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RAAK Amsterdam Pendants in Hand-Blown Glass and Aluminum
By RAAK
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RAAK Amsterdam, pendants, glass, aluminum, chrome, The Netherlands, circa 1968. Set of hand-blown glass pendants designed by the Dutch manufacturer RAAK Amsterdam. As a result of t...
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RAAK Pendant Lamp with Five 'Bubble' Spheres in Glass
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Located in Waalwijk, NL
RAAK Amsterdam, pendant with five 'Bubble' spheres, glass, chrome-plated metal, The Netherlands, 1960s A sophisticated composition of five hand-blown glass pendants is created by t...
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RAAK Pendants in Tinted Glass and Brass
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RAAK, pendant lamps, glass, brass, Europe, 1960s These atmospheric pendant lamps feature yellow glass. This results in a nice and soft light-tone creating a lively ambience in the ...
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RAAK Amsterdam Pendants with Clear Glass Orbs
By RAAK
Located in Waalwijk, NL
RAAK Amsterdam, pendants, glass, metal, Europe, 1970s. This atmospheric set of pendant lamps features each a glass orb, casting a gentle and soothing light tone that imbues the spac...
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Raak furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

RAAK furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of RAAK furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by RAAK were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Louis Kalff, Willem Hagoort, and Philips. Prices for RAAK furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $277 and can go as high as $16,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,348.

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