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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.

Translated text

Fuga – a metal composition by Maija Liisa Komulainen, architect of Finland and enthusiastic team member of the touch design group. Rear organ pipes in white metal, if desired, arranged for a tight front in multiple versions. A design tailored to every room: from the lobby to the living room. From restaurant to theater.
C-1639/40 – triple light, height 40 cm, width 21 cm, copper or white light metal.

Mysteriously shines the light while the light source remains invisible from these straight-line cylinders.

Height 40 or 60 cm, in anodised anodised light metal or warm-glossy copper color.

Beautiful as single, fascinating as multi-purpose combination.

Raak Fuga Wall Lamp Catalog 8 - 1968

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

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Raak Fuga Wall Lamp

 

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 Carel O.Lockhorn (18 June 1923 – 6 October 2004), 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 is best known for their organic modern design of the 1960s and 1970s which combined glass & metals for a sophisticated futuristic style.

The light company collaborated with several international designers and architects, including Bertrand BalasEvert Jelle JellesFrank LigtelijnGer VosJan Jasper FayerLi HeloMaija-Liisa KomulainenNan PlatvoetNanny Still-MackinneyNico KooiSergio AstiTapio WirkalaWillem van Oyen and many others.

Raak Amsterdam also collaborated with other companies. They worked with the German Peill & Putzler for the Raak Globe lamps. Peill & Putzler produced the glass.

They also sold lamps made by Peill & Putzler, such as a pendant light designed by Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner. For the Raak Discus the glass was made by Bega, also a German company. For the Night Club and Stalactites lamps a cooperation with the Belgian Val Saint Lambert was undertaken in the late 1950s.

Carel Lockhorn sold the company in 1974 to ITT but remained a director until 1977. In 1980 Raak merged with BIS Lighting from Aalsmeer, also in The Netherlands and was renamed into BisRaak. In 1986 the Raak company became independent again. The company got a business appearance and only the colours white, black and gray were still processed.

In 1999, Raak merged with Artilite B.V. and Indoor B.V. and became CLACentrum voor Lichtarchitectuur B.V. in Drachten (Center for Light Architecture). The Center for Lighting Architecture was founded by Egbert Keen. The company was declared bankrupt on 19-05-2011.

These Lights 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

Raak Fuga Wall Lamp prototype

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