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Fan-Finned Desk Lamp by Jo Mead Designs

$24,000

About

Sculptural desk lamp with adjustable fiberglass fins, cut and enameled aluminum diffuser and base, and a wooden ball pull. Made in 1957 by Jo Mead Designs of Chicago. Jo(sephine) Mead was one of the first female students to attend the Chicago School of Design under Moholy-Nagy. The present lamp preceded Verner Panton’s Moon Lamp (1960) and Superstudio’s Gherpe lamp (1967) as possibly the first lighting design to use pivoting fins to diffuse and direct light—and to create a sculptural element. The lamp was featured in late 1957 in Furniture Forum, Interiors Magazine, and Industrial Design Magazine, but did not go into serial production. In all likelihood, only a few examples were hand-produced (see the jagged cuts to the base) to show at venues such as the Chicago Merchandise Mart. A truly rare and exciting example of experimental American “Good Design” that might have had greater commercial success had it been designed a decade later. In original condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Jo Mead (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Width: 18 in. (45.72 cm)Depth: 13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1957
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Good original condition with wear to the metal and wooden ball consistent with age and use. The fiberglass fins are in excellent condition. In working order.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU828526099232

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    to United States 0, arrives in 3-8 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New York, NY
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