midgards most famous draft,
as used in the bauhaus
the most famous draft of midgard is the ‚Peitschenleuchte‘, TYP 113, which is one of the very first serial produced adjustable lamps of the world.
when the bauhaus moves into its new buildings in dessau in 1926, midgard's TYP 113 are among the fixtures. masters and students alike find their precise, machine-like aesthetic both modern and motivating.
soon midgard was also showcased in the most significant architectural exhibitions: from the weißenhof estate and the accompanying ‘die wohnung’ exhibition in stuttgart (1927), ‘wohnung und werkraum’ in wroclaw (1929), the exhibition of the deutsche werkbund in paris (1930) and the ‘deutsche bauausstellung’ in berlin (1931).
when walter gropius, hannes meyer and lyonel feiniger left the bauhaus and, soon after, germany, they took their midgard TYP 113 with them. meyer took it to russia, gropius to lincoln (massachusetts) and feininger to new york. laszlo moholy-nagy used the lamp to illuminate his director’s desk at the new bauhaus in chicago – as can be seen in pictures from the time.
for midgard´s 100th anniversary, the TYP 113 is manufactured again by using original techniques and materials with no industrial / serial production method included in a first limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
the TYP 113 is a hand manufactured masterpiece. every single part is produced in germany, by using original techniques and materials, such as nickeld pipe, enameld lampshade, an isolator out of porcelaine and bakelite socket with turning switch.
the socket is a 1930´s NOS part (new old stock) out of black bakelite with a turning switch.100 pieces have been stored over the years for beeing used in this very special anniversay edition.
as a specialist for bending pipes THONET could be won as a production partner for the TYP 113.
in the year 2019 THONET is also celebrating its 200 years anniversary, as well as 100 years bauhaus.
the TYP 113 is limited to 100 pieces, every lamp carrys it´s number at the head.
please find below a short video showing parts of the production-process of a TYP 113.