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RAAK Furniture

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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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Creator: RAAK
Dealer: Kerson Gallery
RAAK Dutch 1960s Golden Bubble Crystal Wall Lamps Midcentury
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
A stunning pair of golden polished brass sconces with heavy bubble crystal glass shades by the famed Dutch lighting company, Raak. Newly rewired. Two candelabra sockets per wall lamp.
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Dutch Raak 1960s Large Wall Lights Mid Century (Two)
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
A wonderful pair of sleek black and white wall lights with tall glass shades circa 1960 by Raak. Original label. Rewired. Two pairs available
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Metal, Enamel

Set of Three Dutch "High Style" 1970s Sconces
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
Set of three. A great luxurious polished brass wall lights with thick bubbled glass shades. The Dutch sconces were made by the lighting company, RAAK. Two light sources and rewired, ...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Brass

Pair of RAAK Rain Drops Dutch 1960s Wall Lights
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1960s matte silver enamel over steel wall lights with rain drop decoration which is made to emit light. The open top and bottom also emit a good amount of light. Two standard...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Enamel, Steel

Pair of RAAK Rain Drops Dutch 1960s Wall Light
By RAAK, Jelle Jelles
Located in New York, NY
A great pair of 1960s Space Age "rain drops" wall light by Dutch maker, RAAK. The square frame is composed of a matte gold steel enameled frame with perforated decorative indents to ...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Enamel, Steel

RAAK Rain Drops Dutch 1960s Wall Light
By RAAK, Jelle Jelles
Located in New York, NY
A great 1960s Space Age "rain drops" wall light by Dutch maker, RAAK . The square frame is composed of a matte gold steel enameled frame with perforated decorative indents ...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Enamel, Steel

Pair of Dutch RAAK Signal Wall Lights 1960s Black Midcentury Sconces
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
An original pair of 1960s Ditch wall lights composed of black enamel over steel. The light emitendrom the top and bottom as well as the two center flaps. The model is called Signal a...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Enamel, Steel

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'Lucifero' or 'Quinquet' Wall Lamp for RAAK Amsterdam, 1960's, 4 available
By RAAK
Located in Steenwijk, NL
This wall lamp, model 'Lucifero' or 'Quinquet', was designed for RAAK in the 1960's. It has a black coated metal fixture with a ring that holds the opaline glass shade/diffuser. Deco...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Dutch Design RAAK Opal Wall Lights
By RAAK
Located in Antwerp, BE
Exceptional constructivist design in Bauhaus style. Opaline glass in a mold formed with a bakelite suspension, labeled RAAK.
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Opaline Glass, Bakelite

Dutch Design RAAK Opal Wall Lights
Dutch Design RAAK Opal Wall Lights
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H 7.09 in W 5.91 in D 7.09 in
Set of Two RAAK Octavo Wall Lamps or Sconces by RAAK, Netherlands, 1970s
By RAAK
Located in Munich, DE
Set of two award winning minimalistic and elegant Mid-Century Modern Oktavo two-flamed wall lamps or sconces. Model C-1542. Designed and manufactured by RAAK, Netherlands, 1970s. ...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Metal

Set of Three Large Italian Vintage Murano Glass Wall Lights Sconces, 1970s
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of three beautiful Murano handblown glass tube sconces. Italy, 1970s-1980s. Lamp socket: 1x E27 (US E26).
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern RAAK Furniture

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Blown Glass, Art Glass, Murano Glass

Large Minimalist Lucite Sconce by RAAK, 1960s
By RAAK
Located in Dronten, NL
Large, well made architectural wall lamp with a nickel-plated steel frame and white Lucite shade. Two light bulbs inside the lucite shade create an uplight and a downlight. The lamp ...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Steel, Nickel

Large Minimalist Lucite Sconce by RAAK, 1960s
Large Minimalist Lucite Sconce by RAAK, 1960s
H 13.78 in W 5.32 in D 7.49 in
Large Wall Lights by RAAK, 1970s
By RAAK
Located in Vienna, AT
Large sconces designed by Piet Cohen for RAAK in the 1970s. Dubbed ‚Schelpdier‘ (Dutch for shellfish) these consist of two overlapping cast aluminum elements for an indirect light. C...
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1970s European Space Age Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Aluminum

Large Wall Lights by RAAK, 1970s
Large Wall Lights by RAAK, 1970s
H 13.78 in W 5.91 in D 5.91 in
Set of Three Minimalist Ceiling or Wall Lights Sconces, Germany, 1970s
By Koch & Lowy
Located in Berlin, DE
Set of three adjustable orange lacquered metal wall (or ceiling) spot-lights flush mounts. Germany, 1960s-1970s. Lamp sockets: E27 (for US: E26)  
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern RAAK Furniture

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Metal

Several Wall Sconces or Wall Lights in the Style of RAAK Amsterdam, 1970s
By RAAK
Located in Rijssen, NL
Stunning wall sconces designed in the style  RAAK, Amsterdam. Minimalistic design executed with a taste for excellence in craftsmanship. Good condition, that means this piece is not ...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Pair of Large Vintage Glass Flush Mounts Ceiling or Wall Lights by RAAK, 1960s
By RAAK
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of beautiful industrial design blown glass flush mounts by RAAK. Holland, 1960s Lampen sockets: One E27 (US E26).
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Space Age RAAK Furniture

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Metal

RAAK Pair of Wall Lights in Chrome and Structured Glass
By RAAK
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Raak, pair of wall lights, chrome, glass, the Netherlands, 1970's. Graceful pair of wall lights created by the Dutch manufacturer RAAK. Both lamps are equipped with two sphere glass...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Chrome

Pair of Mid-Century Atomic Wall Lights, 1960s
Located in Oslo, NO
Brilliant pair of wall lamps in brass, plexiglass and decorated glass shades. Most likely designed and made in Norway from circa 1960 second half. Both lamps are fully working ...
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1960s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Atomic Wall Lights, 1960s
Pair of Mid-Century Atomic Wall Lights, 1960s
H 13.78 in W 7.09 in D 9.45 in
Bertrand Balas 'Balance' Wall Light for RAAK, Netherlands, 1960s
By RAAK, Bertrand Balas
Located in Hellouw, NL
Amazing Bertrand Balas 'Balance' wall light for RAAK with Model C-1550 from the Netherlands 1960s. The scone has a gold-coloured leaf shape with a granulated structure. You can hang ...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Metal

Previously Available Items
Pair of RAAK Dutch 1960s Crystal Wall Lamps
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
A pair of polished chrome wall lights with heavy crystal glass shades by the Dutch light maker, RAAK. The sconces can be mounted upward or downward according to preference. Four avai...
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Chrome

Pair of XL Raak Fuga Dutch 1960s Wall Lights
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
A pair of XL 1960s Dutch Copper and White enamel tube wall light designed by Raak. Newly Rewired
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Enamel, Steel

RAAK Dutch 1970s Four Smoked Glass Globe Ceiling Light
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
A great original 1970 high style chandelier composed of a square polished brass fixture and four smoked glass globe shades. Made by RAAK.
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1970s Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Brass

RAAK Dutch Space Age Flush Ceiling Light
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
A great 1970s modern Dutch "Space Age" smoked glass ceiling light from RAAK. Rewired.
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Steel

Raak Dutch "High Style" 1970s Sconce
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
. A great luxurious polished brass wall lights with thick bubbled glass shades. The Dutch sconces were made by the lighting company, RAAK. Two light sources and rewired, original lab...
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Brass

Large Raak "Fuga" Wall Light
By RAAK, Maija Liisa Komulainen
Located in New York, NY
A Dutch Space-Age sconce by Raak. The light can be hung vertical or horizontal. Two light sources. Rewired. Original label.
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1970s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Aluminum, Enamel

RAAK 1960s Flush Ceiling Light
By RAAK
Located in New York, NY
A great 1960s Dutch modernist satin brass twenty-four-light flush ceiling light by the lighting firm, RAAK. Rewired.
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1960s Dutch Mid-Century Modern Vintage RAAK Furniture

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Brass

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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