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Raak Fuga Wall Light

 

Materials: Anodized aluminium, painted white on the inside of the tubes, black painted iron wall frame, porcelain sockets.

Height: 40 cm / 15,75”

Width: 36 cm / 14,17”

Electricity: 10 E27 bulbs, 10 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used, bright bulbs are preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Maija Liisa Komulainen.

Manufacturer: Raak Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Other versions: Also made in copper coloured aluminium. Made as a single tube and table lamp, 3 tubes and 5 tubes and a big version (60 cm – 23.62”). The big version was always sold as 1 tube, never connected with others.

Maija Liisa Komulainen

These wonderful wall lights were designed at the end of the 1960s by the Finnish architect and industrial designer Maija Liisa Komulainen, one of the top designers of the Raak design team from Amsterdam, Holland. Komulainen won several international awards with her designs.

Raak Amsterdam

The Dutch company “Raak Amsterdam” was founded in 1954 by Carl O. Lockhorn, a previous employee of Philips Lighting Eindhoven. Raak, which means “to hit” in Dutch, implies design which precisely “hits the nail on the head”. Raak Lighting is best known for their organic modern design of the 1970s which combined glass & metals for a sophisticated futuristic style.

Numbers used for these lamps and parts: C-1629 C-1639 C-1630 C-1632 C-1633 C-1634.

Pricing in Dutch gulden in January 1973 (x 2 for euro and dollar), the 1st number (48, 135,129,4,47) is the page in the folder. The last number is the price with taxes.

Raak Fuga Wall Lamp Pricing 1973

Raak Fuga Wall Lamp Catalog 8 - 1968

A prototype made of moulded copper and wood can be found on the 1stdibs website: One of a Kind Prototype of the “Fuga” Sconce for the Firm Raak

Raak Fuga Wall Lamp prototype

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Raak Fuga Wall Lamp Catalog 8 - 1968

Text in Dutch from the original catalogue

Fuga – een metalen compositie van Maija Liisa Komulainen, architecte uit Finland en enthousiast teamlid van de raak ontwerpgroep. Rijzige orgelpijpen in blank metaal, desgewenst gerangschikt tot een strak front in meerdere  versies. Een ontwerp afgestemd op elke ruimte: van ontvangsthal tot woonkamer. Van restaurant tot schouwburg.
C-1639/40 – drielichts, hoogte 40 cm, breedte 21 cm, koperkleurig of blank lichtmetaal.

Mysterieus straalt het licht terwijl de lichtbron onzichtbaar blijft uit deze strakgelijnde cilinders.

Hoogte 40 of 60 cm, in blank geanodiseerd lichtmetaal of warmglanzende koperkleur.

Fraai als enkeling, fascinerend als meerlichtscombinatie.

This Light In the Movies

The Fuga wall lamp was used as a prop in the 1968 Louis de Funès film Le Gendarme Se Marie (The Gendarme Gets Married) starring Louis de Funès, Geneviève Grad as his daughter and Claude Gensac as his future wife Josépha Cruchot.

Le Gendarme Se Marie - The Gendarme Gets Married - Raak Fuga Wall Lamp - 1968

Le Gendarme Se Marie – Trailer

Le Gendarme Se Marie – Full Movie