“Minou 69” table or desk lamp (Louis Kalff)

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This iconic “Minou” table or desk lamp was designed in the 1950s by the famous architect and designer Louis Kalff and is produced by Philips. The demand for this design classic is many times greater than the supply of remaining qualitative lamps of this model.

The lamp has a beautiful brass tripod base and a soft vintage green color mushroom-shaped shade with an opening in the middle. White color on the inside. This model is, together with the Bijou model, one of the best known UFO-shaped models from Kalff. This “Minou 69” model has a straight rod-shaped center piece, where the Bijou model has a conical center piece. The two models are often mentioned in the one breath.

The lamp has a E27 fitting. Usually a ‘bowl light bulb’ with grey top is used. These are lamps with an opaque finish on the top of the lamp which is shaped like a bowl and is typically silver in color. By using this lamp, the light is diffused by redirecting the emitted light back into the fixture.

The lamp is in excellent condition with normal signs of wear corresponding with its age and past usage. A detailed overview of the signs of use can be found on the photos. The signs of use are some small scratches or lack of paint, which are not disturbing in the overall view. The lamp has no dents.

Height lamp: 32.5 cm – Diameter shade: ∅ 28.5 cm


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Design: Louis Kalff

Source: Wikipedia
Louis Christiaan Kalff (Amsterdam, November 14, 1897 – Waalre, September 16, 1976) was a Dutch graphic designer. His father was editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Algemeen Handelsblad”. Ingesproken tekst vertalen volume_up 154 / 5.000 Vertaalresultaten After an HBS education, Kalff studied at the Applied Arts School Quellinus Amsterdam (now the Rietveld Academy) and at the Technische Hogeschool in Delft.

Ingesproken tekst vertalen volume_up 167 / 5.000 Vertaalresultaten Between 1925 and 1926, Louis Kalff, together with Jan Hanrath, designed the building of the Delft Student Rowing Club “Laga” in the style of the Amsterdam School.

In 1925 Louis Kalff started working at the advertising department of Philips in Eindhoven. Under his leadership, the Lighting Consultancy departement (LIBU) was founded in 1929. He participated in the world exhibitions in Barcelona, Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. Kalff was the designer of the Philips logo. In addition, he designed posters and advertising materials as a freelancer for the Holland America line, Calvé, Zeebad Scheveningen, and Holland Radio. He also designed book bindings.

At Philips, Kalff also worked as an architect on objects such as: the Dr. A.F. Philips Observatory (1937) in Eindhoven, the Diamant Drilling Company (1948) in Valkenswaard and a few country houses in Eindhoven and Waalre for directors of Philips.

After the Second World War, Kalff was actively involved in industrial design at Philips After his retirement in 1960, Louis Kalff remained at Philips as a consultant and architect. In 1961 he managed the construction of the Evoluon building. It was the last work of the light architect who took care of the advertising of the Philips group for almost forty years.

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