Text in Dutch from the original catalogue 12 from 1982
Een opaalglazen witte halve bol die suggereert uit twee kwart bollen te zijn opgebouwd, want ‘het hoedje’ heeft een grotere doorsnede. Voor binnen en
Opaalglas en kunststof wandplaat
Sprong 17 cm, hoogte 24.5 cm. breedte 30 cm. Lamp tot 60 W.
An opal glass white hemisphere which suggested that it is made up of two half-shells, because ‘the hat’ has a larger cross-section. For indoor and
Opal Glass and plastic wall plate
Thick 17 cm, height 24.5 cm. width 30 cm. Lamp 60 W.
Raak Wall Lamp
Materials: Opaque glass. Bakelite wall plate. Porcelain socket. Aluminium reflector.
Height: 30 cm / 64.96”
Width: ∅ 24 cm / 9.84”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferably a white/opaque or frosted light bulb.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Raak Amsterdam.
Other versions: W-1875 – 60 Watt, W-1890 – 75 Watt, W-1894 – 100 Watt.
This Raak wall light has two model numbers. In the 1970s it was P-1412 later it became W-1890.
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 Balas, Evert Jelle Jelles, Frank Ligtelijn, Ger Vos, Jan Jasper Fayer, Li Helo, Maija-Liisa Komulainen, Nan Platvoet, Nanny Still-Mackinney, Nico Kooi, Sergio Asti, Tapio Wirkala, Willem 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 colors white, black and gray 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 (Center for Light Architecture). The Center for Lighting Architecture was founded by Egbert Keen. CLA was declared bankrupt on 19-05-2011.
This light has some similarities with the Artemide Mania & Grande Mania, designed by Vico Magistretti, wall lights made of Makrolon, a polycarbonate or thermoplastic polymer. You can find it over here in the Artemide catalogue of 1973 or the Artemide catalogue 1976 on Vintageinfo.