The Christian Dell Story
A studied silversmith and pioneer, German designer Christian Dell worked as a metal shop foreman at the Bauhaus in Weimar from 1922-25. He later sketched his most famous lamp collection, the KAISER idell series, for the established lamp factory Gebr. Kaiser & Co. After World War II, Dell manufactured and sold silver goods from his jeweler’s shop in Wiesbaden and later passed away in 1974. Dell’s use of materials, innovative shapes and his eye for detail are still considered symbols of exemplary Germanic design.
Why We Love Christian Dell
Two words: precise engineering. Christian Dell's designs show exacting standards, exemplified in the KAISER idell series for Fritz Hansen. Each joint, each curve is no less than perfect as beauty and Bauhaus functionality meld. There's something incredibly graceful about Dell's lamps, their visual simplicity and complex construction striking contrasts to many of the contemporary designs seen during the '30s, '40s and '50s. It is this ability to pair form with function that establishes Christian Dell as a designer for all time periods.
Noteworthy Lighting by Christian Dell
The KAISER idell Luxus Table Lamp really brings home Christian Dell's ability to pair elegant design with advanced technology. The lamp is adjustable at two points and turns on at the push of a low-profile button. The line of KAISER idell lamps are available from the Republic of Fritz Hansen.