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RAAK Decorative Objects

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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
Cylindrical Vase in Green Glass and Copper by Nanny Still for RAAK, 1970s
By RAAK, Nanny Still
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Article: Glass and copper vase Producer: RAAK, Netherlands Designer: Nanny Still Decade: 1960s Description: Original super rare vintage Vase design...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Mid-Century Modern RAAK Decorative Objects

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Copper

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Raak decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

RAAK decorative objects 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 decorative objects, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original decorative objects by RAAK were created in the mid-century modern style in netherlands during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Mobach, Floris Meydam, and Glasfabriek Leerdam. Prices for RAAK decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $863 and can go as high as $863, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $863.

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