Arne Jacobsen designed the Bellevue lamp early in his career, in the year of the Great Depression of 1929, at a time when everyone felt the need for a new environment and a new way of living. It was designed for the House of the Future, a pavilion that he designed in partnership with his friend Flemming Lassen for an exhibition in Copenhagen, and which has been preserved like the Barcelona pavilion by Mies Van Der Rohe and the Weissenhof Siedlung by Van Der Rohe and Le Corbusier.
The House of the Future was shaped like a circle cut by straight lines and sharp angles. The Bellevue lamp echoes this duality, with its roundness and taut lines. An early work, it already reveals the assertive style of its creator.
Dimensions D28 x W16,5 cm
Light source E14
Black / Brass
Materials painted steel and brass - tubular flexible gooseneck - 2m textile thread
Lampshade ø19,5 cm Base Ø9,5 cm
Light source 1 x E14
Black / Brass – With Switch
Dimensions W27,3 x D60 x H130 cm; lampshade Ø19,5 cm; base Ø 27,3 cm. 2-metre textile thread.
Materials Satin-finish polished brass or satin-finish polished brass with painted aluminium and steel, cast-iron base
Light source 1 x E27
Black / Brass
White / Bronze
Grey / Bronze
Arne Jacobsen is born on February 11, 1902 in Copenhagen. His father, Johan Jacobsen, is a wholesale trader in safety pins and snap fasteners. His mother, Pouline Jacobsen, a bank clerk, paints floral motifs in her spare time. The family lived in a typical Victorian style home. As a contrast to his parents’ overly decorated taste, Arne paints his room in white.
Background & school relations
He met the Lassen brothers at Nærum Boarding School: later, Flemming Lassen was to become his partner in a series of architectural projects. Arne Jacobsen is a restless pupil, always up to pranks, with a self-deprecating humour. Already as a child, he showed an extraordinary talent for drawing and depicting nature through scrupulous studies. He wants to be painter, but his father felt that architect was a more sensible choice.
The Pleasant and the necessary trips abroad
Jacobsen’s travelling begin already in his twenties, when he went to sea to New York. Then followed an apprenticeship as a bricklayer in Germany and a series of study and drawing excursions to Italy. Jacobsen produced some of his finest watercolours during this period, capturing atmospheres and shapes accurately and carefully. From the beginning of his career, Jacobsen turned his gaze abroad, without abandoning Danish traditions.
Arne Jacobsen behind the design
Jacobsen production reflects his personality: an insistent, perfectionist modernist, to whom no detail was trivial, although the main picture was basically black/white and unambiguous. On the other hand, the nature-loving botanist and jovial family man: like him, his work is precise and warm, Danish and universal, modern and timeless.