LUMINOUS LUMINARY: CEDRIC HARTMAN and the 1UWV LAMP



 

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When A-Gent of Style started working for Veere Grenney a few years ago, the learned decorator told him one day as they were sourcing lamps together that “this lamp was one of the most iconic lamps of the 20th century. Make sure you know it”. Ignorant and arrogant, A-Gent immediately disregarded his master’s pronouncement, probably with a with the raise of an eyebrow, as he had never seen this lighting fixture before, and carried on looking at other lamps.

by David Collins

by David Collins Studio

 

Within a few weeks of flicking through magazines, books, auction catalogues and online searches, it turned out that “this lamp” was everywhere to be seen, ubiquitous and almost omnipresent in many photos of inspiring interiors, and also that vintage, original versions of this lamp were the prized objects of many collectors, antique dealers and auction houses. Needless to say A-Gent of Style learned a lesson of humility that day.

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1UWV is the real name of “that lamp” which was created in 1966 by American designer Cedric Hartman. It was an instant hit and it has now reached iconic status. As it is very much the case with design classics, the 1UWV floor lamp is the masterful result of simplicity, purity and functionality.



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It is an all metallic slim tubular floor lamp with a rectangular counterweight base, triangular shade, spherical dimmer, adjustable height and directional light that disappears in the background, that very often unpretentiously and discreetly peeks over the back of an armchair, a chaise longue or a sofa. At the time of its creation, the look of 1UWV and its down lighting were quite revolutionary, and the antithesis then of the more fashionable fringy, chintzy lampshades with their heavy bases that casted an ambient glow rather than a focalised floodlight.


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The architectural yet elegant object nowadays comes in different finishes such as stainless steel, aluminium, nickel-plated, metal gun but the most famous finish (and chicest I think) is in brass. Over his illustrious career, the 85-year-old Hartman has designed and developed other models of lights as well as furniture such as tables, chairs and sofas but the 1UWV lamp is still is best-known work. Two of his lamps have permanent resident at MOMA in New York. Unlike his masterpiece, Hartman has always shied away from the limelight but he is still working today on new prototypes, LEDs in particular.


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Here is a selection of images of 1UWV, its creator and their appearances in striking interiors over the decades. Can you spot them all??


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by Douglas Mackie

by Douglas Mackie



House in London by Veere Grenney in the 1980s that had been built for film director Richard Lester in the ’60s and decorated by David Hicks

House in London by Veere Grenney in the 1980s that had been built for film director Richard Lester in the 1960s and decorated by David Hicks

 

by Michael S.Smith

by Michael S.Smith

 

Bear-Hill Interiors

Bear-Hill Interiors

 

by Douglas Mackie

by Douglas Mackie

 

By Rita Konig

By Rita Konig



The Manhattan living room of Stanley Barrows

The Manhattan living room of Stanley Barrows

 

by Dering Hall via Randy Heller Design

by Dering Hall via randyhellerdesign instagram

 

by Mario Buatta

by Mario Buatta

 

by Pamplemousse Design

by Pamplemousse Design

 

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by Douglas Mackie

 

by Francois Catroux

by Francois Catroux

 

By Nate Berkus

By Nate Berkus

 

by Michael S.Smith

by Michael S.Smith

 

Eickes’ store, Sag Harbor

The Eickes’ store, Sag Harbor

 

by Sasha Bikoff

by Sasha Bikoff

 

by Jacques Grange

by Jacques Grange

 

by Peter Dunham

by Peter Dunham

 

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Markham Roberts

Markham Roberts

 

by Melissa Rufty. Photo by Francois Halard courtesy of The New York Times

by Melissa Rufty. Photo by Francois Halard courtesy of The New York Times

 

by BHDM Design

by BHDM Design

 

by Jorge Elias via graciousopulence's instagram

by Jorge Elias via graciousopulence’s instagram



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by Carrier & Co

by Carrier & Co

 

Mark Hampton

Mark Hampton

 

at Liz O'Brien

at Liz O’Brien

 

 

by Christopher Burns

by Christopher Burns

 

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by Douglas Mackie

by Douglas Mackie

 

 by Lee Ledbetter & Assoc.

by Lee Ledbetter & Assoc.

 

Bunny Mellon's Virginia Farm's Oak Spring Garden Library

Bunny Mellon’s Virginia Farm’s Oak Spring Garden Library

 

 

by Jacobsen Architecture

by Jacobsen Architecture

 

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by Francois Catroux

by Francois Catroux

 

by Jacobsen Architecture

by Jacobsen Architecture

 

via Mark D Sikes' instagram

via Mark D Sikes’ instagram

 

 

by Billy Baldwin

by Billy Baldwin

 

by Robert Stiln

by Robert Stilin

 

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by Lauren Coburn LLC 

by Guillaume Excoffier

by Guillaume Excoffier

by Mario Buatta

by Mario Buatta

 

 

-all images courtesy of the decorator mentioned –

One comment


  • This first lamp is work of art! Will you be covering more stuff from mister Hartman in future?

    May 19, 2016

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