Modernist 20th Century /06 June 2004


Lester Geis

table lamp, model T-5-G
Heifetz Manufacturing Co.
USA, 1951
enameled metal, brass
14 w × 14½ d × 22½ h in (36 × 37 × 57 cm)

The Lighting Competition held by the Museum of Modern Art in 1951 has become a seminal moment in the history of American lighting design. From over 3000 entries, ten designs were chosen to be produced by the Heifetz Manufacturing Company. Lester Geis' entry received honorable mention in the competition and features two independent shades that pivot on a single steel tube armature.

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,310

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