The Holtkoetter Story
Holtkoetter is the namesake company of Franz Holtkoetter, who founded it in Bad Waldiesborn, Westphalia, Germany in 1964. He was greatly influenced by the Bauhaus school in the design of his lighting fixtures, with simple, solid forms following function.
In the production of its superior task lamps, wall and ceiling lights, Holtkoetter eventually grew to include three locations: Bad Waldiesborn for tool-making, milling, stamping and finishing; Liesborn, for lacquering, assembly, packing and shipping; and Saint Paul, MN, which opened in 1983 for the assembly and distribution of Holtkoetter lighting in the US.
Why We Love Holtkoetter Lighting
As its motto suggests, Holtkoetter (also frequently spelled Holtkotter) is truly the BMW of modern lighting. Every contemporary lighting fixture they make is engineered in-house down to the smallest detail to make sure the all-important function of "Licht machen" (making light) comes to vibrant fruition. The ultimate result is a beautiful final form. You can clearly see the evidence of the Bauhaus influence in the perfectly proportioned lines, precious materials, efficient light and user-friendly controls of each Holtkoetter Lighting task and ambient lighting fixture.
A Fun Fact About Holtkoetter
Dissatisfied by the quality of purchased dimming controls, Holtkoetter responded by developing their own. Their Decadium slide dimmer dims from full strength all the way down to 1/1000th of a percent. And the DimmSystem P1/Punkt1 dimmer features soft on/off capabilities, dimming gradually to allow a user to leave a room safely, as well as an automatic shut-off if the lamp is tipped over. Both dimmer systems are exclusive to Holtkoetter and have been patented as such.
Noteworthy Lighting From Holtkoetter
From the tent shape of its shade through its smoothly adjustable arms and integral dimmer switch, the Bernie collection of task lamps epitomizes the minimalist form, heavy-duty construction and energy efficient function inherent to Holtkoetter lighting fixtures in general.