Dutch, 1890 - 1963
W. H. Gispen, manufacturer
Piano lamp, 1928
H. 11 1/4 x W. 7 1/2 x D. 11 in.
After studying in Amsterdam and Delft, Oud worked briefly in Germany before returning to Leyden to practice architecture. There, he met fellow architects and designers Theo van Doesburg and Gerrit Rietveld and helped them develop De Stijl. Like many turn-of-the-century architects, Oud enjoyed designing furnishings for his interiors. This cantilevered piano lamp, ingeniously made from only six geometric elements, is considered one of the finest examples of modern design.