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Raak Globe Floor Lamp 

Materials: Black cast iron tripod base. Chromed metal (iron) adjustable rod. Ornamental chrome screw. Chrome curved slat and ring. Brown smoked glass globe. Aluminium reflector and lamp-holder. Bakelite socket.

Height:  125 – 165 cm  / 49.21” – 64.96” – adjustable

Width: 25 cm / 9.84”

Base: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. For this setup a silver tipped light bulb was used.

Period: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Frank Ligtelijn (1933-1996).

Manufacturer: Raak Lichtarchitectuur, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Other versions: The glass globe of this Raak globe floor lamp was used for several table lamps, pendant lamps, chandeliers and wall lamps. Three colours of glass exists: grey violet, smoked brown or bright natural glass.

This floor lamp was designed in the late fifties by Frank Ligtelijn, a jewellery designer. It was a big success and they were produced for many years.

The name of the lamp is Globe, in the catalogue 11 from 1978 it was named 2000.

An example of a jewel (tiara) made by Frank Ligtelijn can be found in the museum of Arnhem online. (link opens in a new window)


The Dutch company Raak 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 Vos. Jan Jasper FayerLi HeloMaija-Liisa KomulainenNan PlatvoetNanny Still-Mackinney. Nico KooiSergio AstiTapio WirkalaWillem van Oyen and many others.


Raak 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 lamp designed by Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner. For the Raak Discus the glass was made by Bega, also a German company. For the Stalactites flush mounts a cooperation with the Belgian Val Saint Lambert was undertaken in the late 1950s. Raak also sold some lamps that were produced by Staff Leuchten (Staff & Schwarz Leuchtenwerke GMBH) from Germany,  and several other companies.

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 grey were still processed.

In 1999, Raak merged with Artilite B.V. and Indoor B.V. and became CLA: Centrum voor Lichtarchitectuur B.V. in Drachten (Centre for Light Architecture). Lichtarchitectuur (light architecture) was the Raak tagline from the beginning in the 1950s. The Centre for Lighting Architecture was founded by Egbert Keen. The company was declared bankrupt on 19-05-2011.

Raak Globe Floor Lamp – Catalogue 8 – 1968

Raak Globe Floor Lamp - Catalogue 8 - 1968

Text in Dutch from the catalogue

Een globe vol licht die kan wentelen langs zijn evenaar en al zijn meridianen.

Werpt een krachtige lichtbundel op plafond of wand en zorgt zo voor indirecte verlichting, Of schijnt rechtstreeks op boek en tijdschrift. De bijzonder fraaie voet en de gevoelige vatting van de glasbol verraden de hand van de edelsmid uit het Raak-team.

D-2000 – Globe – een transparante glasbol op een mat verchroomd, verstelbaar statief (van 125 tot 165 cm). In de bol een metalen reflector voor lamp tot 75W. Geschikt voor directe en indirecte verlichting; bol grijsviolet  of helder natuurglas.

Translated text

A globe full of light that can walk along its equator and all its meridians.

Sheds a powerful light on the ceiling or wall and thus ensures indirect lighting, or shines directly on book and magazine. The splendid foot and sensitive perception of the glass bulb betray the hand of the goldsmith from the Raak team.

D-2000 Globe – a transparent glass globe on a chrome-plated, adjustable stand (from 125 to 165 cm). In the sphere a metal reflector lamp to 75Watt. Suitable for direct and indirect lighting; globe grey violet or bright natural glass. 

Raak 2000 Floor Lamp – Catalogue 9 – 1972

Raak Globe Floor Lamp - Raak 2000 Floor Lamp - Catalogue 9 - 1972

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Raak Tropic Table Lamp - Catalogue 9 -1972

Raak Globe Floor Lamp - Raak Tropic Table Lamp - Catalogue 9 -1972

Raak Globe Wall Lamps – catalogue  11 – 1978

Raak Globe Floor Lamp - Raak Globe Wall Lamps - catalogue 11 - 1978

Raak Globe Wall Lamps – Catalogue 12 – 1982

Raak Globe Wall Lamps - Catalogue 12 - 1982

Pricing for the Globe floor lamp in 1962 (catalogue 5) in Dutch guilder, 115,- = +- 60 euro/dollar.

Raak Globe 2000 Floor Lamp - pricing 1962 - Catalogue 5