Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Yasha Heifetz; Abstract Lamp

Heifetz Manufacturing Company of New York began in 1938 as primarily a lighting company, but they also produced decorative accessories, sculptures and some furniture.  In 1950 Yasha Heifetz, in response to Marcel Breuer commenting that he could not find a well designed modern lamp, co-sponsored a national lamp design competition with the MoMA.  The competitors included Richard Schultz from Knoll, Frank Greenhaus and Kevin Roche from Saarinen as well as Alexy Brodovitch, art director for Harper's Bazaar.  There were fifteen winning designs of which Heifetz began producing ten.
https://www.moma.org/documents/moma_press-release_325770.pdf
It doesn't look like this lamp was part of the competition, but it is one of the most interesting lamps we have featured in a while.  The Modernist, sculptural base is composed of hand carved, cerused oak and copper.  The tall fiberglass shade is original.  The lamp is signed on the back of the base.  30" h., 16" w., 9.5" d.  American, c. 1950's  $295.00
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition.