Walter Von Nessen Early Brass Floor Lamp For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 8 images

Walter Von Nessen Early Brass Floor Lamp

About

Original floor lamp adjustable height with original shade and glass defuser mark on the arm and bottom. Measures: Height 49" x 60".

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    All original
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions

    H 50 in. x W 21 in. x D 32 in.

    H 127 cm x W 53.34 cm x D 81.28 cm

  • Seller location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference number
    LU84737120673

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods

About Walter Von Nessen (Manufacturer)

Art Deco industrial designer Walter von Nessen is best known for his glamorous Machine Age lighting designs and for his invention of the swing-arm lamp. Von Nessen was born in Germany, where he studied under Bruno Paul at Berlin’s Kunstgewerbeschule. After World War I, he worked for the architect Peter Behrens, in Berlin. He left in 1919 for Stockholm, where he designed furniture until emigrating with his wife, Margaretta, to the United States in 1923. In 1927, the couple opened Nessen Studios in Manhattan, designing and selling sleek, modern architectural lighting.


Art Deco was both novel and exciting in the late 1920s — as, indeed, was electricity itself — and Nessen Studios was at the forefront of the movement. Electric lighting designers at the time had no direct models to follow. The shapes and silhouettes of gas lamps, lanterns and chandeliers had been influenced by those of the kerosene-, oil- and candle-lit fixtures that preceded them, which in turn were informed by the fuels they used. Electric lighting required designs that accommodated essentials of the new technology, like cords and sockets. Von Nessen and his contemporaries thus had to create fixtures that addressed these challenges and looked modern without appearing overly mechanical.


Along with industrial-design visionaries of the period like Raymond Loewy, Gilbert Rohde and Donald Deskey, von Nessen crafted a style that was emblematic of the Machine Age. He produced lamps and home accessories from spun aluminum, with smooth surfaces that evoked the polished gleam of streamlined automobiles and airplanes. And he experimented with other popular materials of the era, such as Bakelite, chrome and fiberglass. His ingenious design for the now-ubiquitous swing-arm lamp earned him a reputation as an innovator.


Von Nessen’s work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, among other institutions. Designed to complement the luxurious interiors of the 1920s and ‘30s, still look fresh nearly a century later.

About the Seller

4.8 / 5
Vetted
Recognized
1stdibs seller since 2008
Located in Dallas, TX
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
More From This Seller
Walter Von Nessen "Continental" Coffee Making S...
Walter Von Nessen, Chase Brass and Copper Company
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Serving Pieces
Copper, Chrome
Philippe Starck Gun Floor Lamp for Flos
Flos, Philippe Starck
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Post-Modern Floor Lamps

Floor Lamp by Svend Aage Holm Sorensen

By Svend Aage Holm Sørensen
$3,900
Floor Lamp by Svend Aage Holm Sorensen
Svend Aage Holm Sørensen
Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Steel
Pair of Floor Lamps by Hans Bergstrom for Atelj...
Ateljé Lyktan, Hans Bergström
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Floor Lamps
You May Also Like
Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamp Early Version
Walter Von Nessen, Nessen Studio
Mid-20th Century American Machine Age Floor Lamps
Steel
Early 1960s Modernist Brass Floor Lamp by Walte...
Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal, Brass
Early 1930s Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamp, Art Deco
Walter Von Nessen
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Floor Lamps
Brass
Early Walter Von Nessen Bronze Swing Arm Floor ...
Walter Von Nessen
20th Century American Art Deco Floor Lamps
Brass

Walter Von Nessen Floor Lights

By Walter Von Nessen
$2,750 / set
Walter Von Nessen Floor Lights
Walter Von Nessen
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Walter Von Nessen Three Shade Floor Lamp
Walter Von Nessen
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal, Enamel
Walter Von Nessen plated & brushed floor lamp
Nessen Studio, Walter Von Nessen
Vintage 1950s American Floor Lamps
Walter Von Nessen Floor Lamp with Black Shade
Walter Von Nessen
20th Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries