Committed to improving the quality of consumer products, Wilhelm Wagenfeld designed home goods that benefited from advances in industrial materials and manufacturing processes. Wagenfeld specialized in glass, developing functional, affordable, and elegantly minimal heat-resistant glassware that has been widely duplicated. His best-known design was conceived while he was a student at the Bauhaus. The WA 24 Lamp (1923–24), realized as a metal workshop assignment for László Moholy-Nagy, exemplified the school’s imperative for design based on essential geometric forms, use of industrial materials, and honesty of function. Dubbed “the Bauhaus Lamp,” it is composed of a hemispherical shade supported by a transparent shaft on a circular base. Its frosted glass shade—typically used for industrial lighting—and the visibility of the electrical cord and other functional parts, confounded prevailing notions of design for domestic objects.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Exhibitions
2019
BAUHAUS 100Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center
2016
L'esprit du BauhausLes Arts Décoratifs

Bauhauslampe, 1923-1924

Location
Paris

Committed to improving the quality of consumer products, Wilhelm Wagenfeld designed home goods that benefited from advances in industrial materials and manufacturing processes. Wagenfeld specialized in glass, developing functional, affordable, and elegantly minimal heat-resistant glassware that has been widely duplicated. His best-known design was conceived while he was a student at the Bauhaus. The WA 24 Lamp (1923–24), realized as a metal workshop assignment for László Moholy-Nagy, exemplified the school’s imperative for design based on essential geometric forms, use of industrial materials, and honesty of function. Dubbed “the Bauhaus Lamp,” it is composed of a hemispherical shade supported by a transparent shaft on a circular base. Its frosted glass shade—typically used for industrial lighting—and the visibility of the electrical cord and other functional parts, confounded prevailing notions of design for domestic objects.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Exhibitions (2)
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