2012 marks the 75th anniversary of the original Luxo L-1 task light, designed by Jac Jacobsen in 1937. It is still in production. Not many industrial products are still going strong after such a long period of time.
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.
Manufacturing started in 1937 under the name Luxo, derived from Latin – I
give light.Design icon and productivity booster
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.