Carl Jacob Jucker
Mostly lamps, the objects designed by Swiss designer Carl Jacob Jucker (1902 - 1997), evoke the ideas spread by the Bauhaus school of architecture. Founded in Weimar in 1919 by the German architect Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus is the promoter of a thought that conceives building as the creation of a total work of art ("Gesamtkunstwerk"), in which technique and art are united through the utmost simplicity of forms and materials. Jucker arrived at the Bauhaus in 1922, following his apprenticeship as a silversmith at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Zurich. Among the students, he collaborated with the designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld in the design of the Bauhaus table lamp, made in 1923 and now produced by Tecnolumen in Bremen (Germany). The essentiality and straightforwardness of its geometric shapes (the operating parts of the lamp are visible) make it a timeless icon of modern industrial design.