Pair of 1970s USA Nessen Swing Arm Chrome Table Lamps

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Pair of 1970s American, swing-arm, chromed-metal, table lamps attributed to Walter Von Nessen because of their style and functionality.  The circular base with smooth curved edges has a central supporting column rather than one to the side.  The arm swings out to allow the light under the shade to be directed to where it's required perhaps to light a book when reading or a particular objet.  When the arm is folded back on itself the shade sits exactly on top of the column which makes them perfect for bedside lamps as I have illustrated in the images.  The lamps are well-made of polished chromed metal and the arms move perfectly.  A single E27 screw-in bulb is required in each lamp which have been rewired by a professional electrician with a black flex.  The black on/off switch is fitted along it. The bases are covered in felt to protect the surface which they are placed upon.  

The shades are quite often more expensive to ship than their value and you'll probably prefer to choose a different shape or colour to match your decor.  I therefore ship without them and don't include them in the cost.

In good condition with some age related scratches on the base.

Dimensions: Base Diameter: 19.5cm Arm Length: 15cm Arm Length Extended: 27cm Height to the Top of the Socket: 41cm Height to the top of the shade: 53cm

About the designer from MoMA - After training in Germany, Von Nessen came to the United States and established Nessen Studios in New York in 1927. He quickly earned a following among well-established modern architects, who commissioned him to design lighting and other household objects for their clients. He became one of the only major designers between the wars to concentrate on innovative lighting, and his popular table and floor lamps ended up in schools, hospitals, offices, and homes. Von Nessen was particularly influential in developing adjustable and indirect lighting, and he favored nontraditional materials like spun aluminum, Bakelite, and fiberglass, as well as chrome plating, which was only refined in the mid–1920s. His wife, Greta Von Nessen, was the daughter of a Swedish architect he had worked with. After her husband’s death, she revived Nessen Studios and produced celebrated designs of her own, notably the Anywhere Lamp (1951).



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