Utilitarian object? Small-scale abstract sculpture? Both. When I first had the opportunity to investigate this lamp close up, I was struck by the way it’s form, composed of the simplest geometric shapes—circle, sphere, cylinder, cube, seemed to articulate a perfect balance between the functional and the artistic.
Piano lamp, Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud, W. H. Gispen, De Stijl, Bauhaus