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Text from the catalogue in Dutch – Raak Sphere – B-1151 – Catalogue 5 – 1962

Wijd als de ruimte,
strak als een kunstmaan,
twinkelend als de melkweg,
het ontwerp Sphere

Wide as the space,
tight as a satellite,
twinkling like the Milky Way,
the design Sphere

Raak Roger - B-1171 - Catalogue 8 - 1968

Text from the catalogue in Dutch – Raak Sphere – B-1171 – Catalogue 8 – 1968

Verlichting in het spannende en gespannen ritme van Houston Mission Control.
Wentelend als een capsule door de ruimte. Zwevend als een lunarmodule in woonkamer, restaurant of bar. Roger!

Lighting in the exciting and tense rhythm of Houston Mission Control.
Wallowing like a space capsule. Floating like a lunar module in living room, restaurant or bar. Roger!

Raak Lunar – B-1151.20 – Catalogue 11 – 1978

Raak Lunar - B-1151.20 - Catalogue 11 - 1978

Raak Orbiter Pendant Light

 

Condition: In good condition.

Materials: acrylic glass, aluminum, porcelain socket.

Cord length: 65 cm – 9.37”

Height: 35 cm – 3.77”

Width: 45 cm – 7.71”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27 – 1 x 100 watt maximum – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a white/opaque or frosted bulb is preferred.

Period: 1950s – 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Raak Amsterdam, Holland.

Other versions: Made in crystal clear, amber yellow, azure blue and smoky brown perspex.

Raak: The Dutch company “Raak Amsterdam” was founded in 1954 by C.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 Amsterdam is best known for their organic modern design of the 1970s which combined glass & metals for a sophisticated futuristic style.

Different names for this lamp: The name of this lamp changed 4 times; first in 1958 (Raak Catalogue 4) it was called Orbiter, in 1962 (Raak Catalogue 5) it changed into Sphere, in 1968 (Raak Catalogue 8) – probably under the influence of the 1st moon landing – it became Roger! In 1978 (Raak Catalogue 11) it got the name Lunar.

Also the numbers changed, in 1958 it was B-1171, than it became B-1151, later on it changed again into B-1171 to change in 1978 into B-1151.

Raak Roger – B-1171 – Catalogue 8 – 1968 

Raak Roger - B-1171 - Catalogue 8 - 1968

Raak Lunar – B-1151.20 – Catalogue 11 – 1978

Raak Lunar - B-1151.20 - Catalogue 11 - 1978

Raak Sphere Pendant Light B-1151 – catalogue 5, 1962

Raak Sphere - B-1151 - Catalogue 5 - 1962

Used as a prob in the 1983 James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again” with Sean Connery. 

James Bond - Never Say Never Again 1983 - Raak Sphere-Orbiter

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This lamp in the Raak Catalogue 5 on Vintageinfo: Raak Pendant Light Sphere

This lamp in the Raak Catalogue 9 on Vintageinfo: Raak Pendant Light Roger

Never Say Never Again on the IMDb – movie database

Never Say Never Again on Wikipedia

Acrylic glass on Wikipedia