100 years steerable light
Emerging from the industrial plant Auma Ronneberger and Fischer in 1919, Midgard Licht GmbH owns the oldest patent for steerable light.
Its founder Curt Fischer is considered the inventor of steerable light. His lights were used among others in the metal workshops of the Dessau Bauhaus.
The products are manufactured and assembled in Hamburg Altona, making Midgard lamps genuine Made-in-Germany merchandise. They are ENEC and VDE certified.
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Lighting at a glance
The new edition of the K831 is based on a design from the year 1931. Its free-swinging screen allows a flexible alignment of the light cone in all directions. Its lampshade consists of hand pressed double colored enamelled steel sheet. An inner screen in soft white ensures neutral light. The re-edition was initiated and designed in 2014 by David Einsiedler and Joke Rasch.
The Modular luminaire is considered a further development of the well-known models type 113 and type 114. Under the direction of Curt Fischer, the design was further developed in the 1920s to a modular lighting system, so that it meets all the lighting requirements of both private individuals and in public life. The Modular luminaires include table, wall, ceiling and floor lamps. They are manufactured to this day in the sense of the inventor with selectable arm lengths, arm count, screen shapes and colors.
Spring pull luminaire
A parallelogram with spring tension and an absolutely German classic - The original from the 1950s is still produced today in Hamburg on the original tools. The lamp is made entirely of metal (steel and aluminum). It is available with freestanding base for floor or table or with clamp foot. The spring-loaded light is available in white or black. Other RAL colors can be converted on request in smaller quantities.
After the end of World War I, industrialization continued to increase and so people worked longer than daylight allowed. Ceiling and pendant lights were common at the time, but extremely impractical since the light only came from above. In November 1919 Curt Fischer had found a solution with his famous scissor lights: the adjustable wall arm provided light exactly where it was needed. The lamp let itself be pulled up and her head was rotatable, in order to direct the light cone at the desired angle on the work place. In 1922, Fischer produced the first glare-free reflector, which ensures optically directed light.
After the death of Curt Fischer in 1956, his son Wolfgang took over the company. After the expropriation during the time of the GDR, the company was reprivatized after the turn and continued under the name Midgard Leuchten. In 2015, David Einsiedler and Joke Rasch took over the rights to the company and acquired all remaining tools, light parts and the company's comprehensive archive. With the series production in 2017 their goal of bringing Curt Fischer´s inventions back onto the market was completed.
Thus 100 years of luminaire history are continued in the sense of Curt Fischer.
... and the Bauhaus?
When the Bauhaus moved into the new buildings in Dessau in 1926, the lights from Curt Fischer were also included. Walter Gropius himself is considered a big fan of Midgard lights. He was in contact with Fischer between 1927 and 1931. Gropius equipped not only the metal workshops of the Bauhaus but also his own home with the lights. His successor Hannes Meyer at the Bauhaus Dessau was also enthusiastic.
Fischer's Midgard luminaires impress masters and students alike with their precise machine aesthetics. Fischer devoted every component a high degree of creative attention, because the avant-garde movement of architecture and product design had set itself the goal of renewing the traditional.
Bauhaus greats such as Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, but also Lyonel Feininger, Egon Eiermann, Sep Ruf and Jan Tschichold discovered the midgard lights by Curt Fischer with their freely moving light and glare-free reflector.