Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lobmeyr Lighting




I'm sure many of you are familiar with Lobmeyr crystal. This Austrian manufacturer has produced some of the most iconic crystal patterns of the 20th c. One of their most famous designs is "Service B", designed by Josef Hoffman in 1912 (above). But did you know that they also designed chandeliers and mirrors? (I didn't- hence this post!) Each of the designs featured below are so unique, and they certainly are not lacking in glamour. What is amazing, though, is the creativity and history of the designs as well as the workmanship. They are truly pieces of art!



"Baroque Crystal Fruit Chandelier", designed in 1937 by Stefan Rath. Available at Moss.


"MET" single ball candlestick; 1966. The MET series was designed by Hans Harald Rath and was inspired by the chandeliers he designed for the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Available at Moss.


"Chinese Pavilion Chandelier", originally designed in 1923 by Carl Witzmann. Witzmann based this design on chandeliers he created for Vienna's Theater in der Josefstadt. Available at Moss.


"MET Table Lamp", 2001. Designed by Johannes Rath, grandson of Hans Harald. Again, inspired by Hans Harald's work for the Metropolitan Opera. At Moss.


The image of this wall lamp was taken from Lobmeyr's site. Unfortunately, I don't have the history of it, but I do love the design.


"The 180 Year Waltz: London Embassy chandelier"; 1966. Designed by Ceno Kosak for the Austrian Embassy in London. Available at Moss.


The "Block" Mirror from Moss (2006) looks like a giant emerald cut diamond- perfect for a touch of glamour.

16 comments:

  1. I like the fruit chandelier!

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  2. I like the fruit one too!

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  3. oh, my - these are fabulous. As I am a bit of a jewelry junky I cannot get over the sconce and the mirror. Very special.

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  4. KC- I think that sconce looks like it could have been from a 1930s movie.

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  5. Just fantastic!!! Love this post POC. Yes, that fruit chandelier is lovely. I wonder if that block mirror could be made into a ring :)

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  6. Leslie Rodgers3:32 PM

    My favorite is the Chinese Pavilion Chandelier.

    So cool.

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  7. Leslie- That one is amazing!

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  8. I love all these pieces. Fascinating!!!! Thanks for the post

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  9. Love the chinese one. that is so cool.

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  10. Fairfax- Yes, and I think it's only around $31,000!

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  11. Lovely, Lovely. It's always nice to have new lighting source. Thanks for the post!

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  12. casapinka9:20 PM

    Ring a bling a bling! How fun these are.

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  13. Ha - I vote for the Block mirror, great idea! I must be stupid, but I had never heard of Lobmeyr crystal. The Chinese chandelier reminds me in a way of the sailboat chandelier that's popping up all over the place - do you know which one I'm talking about? I wonder if this is the designer?
    Great post, as always.
    Joni

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  14. Joni- You're right! It does! I've seen that ship chandelier in some of Robert Couturier's rooms. I even think Elsie de Wolfe had one like that?

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  15. Wow, so beautiful, I saw that goblet and such at the Moma and I totally fell in love with it, so simple and so striking, beautiful.

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