2012 marked the 75th anniversary of the original Luxo L-1 task light, designed by Jac Jacobsen in 1937. It is still in production.
L-1 was designed by Luxo’s founder, the Norwegian industrialist Jac Jacobsen. Mr. Jacobsen received two crane-like spring-balanced luminares 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
Although the technical invention was ingenious, Jac Jacobsen soon
realized that the construction as a whole was primitive and succeeded in
improving it. Manufacturing started in 1937 under the name Luxo, derived from
Latin – I give light.
Design icon and productivity boosterL-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.