Jac Jacobsen

"Competition is good for us, it makes the product better known – and those who want quality will choose L-1."
L-1 was designed by Luxo’s founder, the Norwegian industrialist Jac Jacobsen.  He 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 and manufacturing started in 1937 under the name Luxo, derived from Latin – I give light.

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.

Jac Jacobsen lived to be 95 years old and was active in the company until his last days.


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