J. Kuykens
Dutch , active dates unknown
Floor lamp, c. 1930

H. 69 1/4 x W. 15 3/4 (at base) x D. 10 (at base) in.

After the invention of the incandescent bulb at the turn of the century, lighting became increasingly scientific and lamps more abstract in form. Some designers, like J. Kuykens, even became known as "illuminating engineers." This floor lamp provides ambient lighting instead of a directed beam, and echoes the layered horizontal designs of such modern architects as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe.