An iconic lighting brand returns to the US.
Established in 1919 by engineer and inventor Curt Fischer, Midgard made waves at the beginning of the 20th century with the introduction of the first directional light. The German brand also had a strong link to Bauhaus, providing lighting for the school’s new building in Dessau in 1926. In 2019, the company celebrated its 100th anniversary. Midgard marked the occasion with a special exhibition at the Goethe-Institut, during this year’s New York Design Week. The show featured the brand’s new collection that includes both historic re-editions of iconic lighting and contemporary designs.
Apart from introducing classics and new designs, the exhibition also marked the return of Midgard to the US. The line includes the re-edition of the TYP 113 lamp, which will be available later this year. While it dates back to 1919, the design looks modern and timeless. A favorite of the legendary Walter Gropius, the new lamp will feature the same design, recreated using the original techniques and materials. Based on a rare, 1931 draft, the re-edition of the K831 lamp highlights the strikingly contemporary design of the original. It comes with a swiveling shade that allows the user to adjust the cone – and thus, the light – as needed. Like TYP 113, this lamp celebrates history with original materials and crafting techniques.
The spring-balanced luminaire dates back to the ‘50s and features a mobile arm mechanism that provides an easy solution to direct the light where needed. Finally, the Midgard modular lighting series expands upon the 113 and 114 adjustable lamps. This line has a conveniently adaptable design that lets the user choose the arm length, shade type, and color. Versatile and easy to customize, these lamps come in table, wall, ceiling, and floor versions. Photographs© Midgard.