Luxo: I give light
L-1 was designed by Luxo’s founder, the Norwegian industrialist and entrepreneur Jac Jacobsen. Jacobsen had received two crane-like spring balanced luminaries as part of a shipment of sewing machines from England. Being technically minded he took a fancy to the strange looking luminaires, with their great functionality and timeless beauty.
Although the technical invention was ingenious, Jac Jacobsen soon realized that the construction as a whole was primitive. He succeeded in improving it. Manufacturing started in 1937 under the name Luxo, derived from Latin – I give light.
Design icon and productivity booster
L-1 soon became known as a real productivity booster in schools, offices, industrial plants and health care facilities, and a design icon among architects and designers all over the world. L-1 remains a classic because of its unique and advanced arm technology, combined with high light output and emphatic design features. It is still in high demand, and to date we have sold more than 25 million units worldwide.