Walter Von Nessen's influence can be seen in contemporary modern lighting design of today, but there is nothing like the quality of the original Von Nessen's, and the quality that continues to be produced through Nessen Studios today.
Most recently we saw this lasting quality in a number of Von Nessen lamps we purchased from an auction at, believe it or not, a local convent that was downsizing and preparing to relocate. To our surprise, among the numerous religious relics, were some carefully selected Von Nessen lamps for use in the multiple living spaces of the nuns' convent. These lamps were mostly purchased throughout the 1960's, and due to their fantastic quality of structure and design, were still in excellent structural shape. They also still hold their value as well desired modern lighting pieces for any home or working space today.The bidding was competitive on these great lighting pieces, but we fared well enough to score some great desk, table, and floor lamps to feature for our customers.
It also did not surprise us to later find out that these lamps were most likely all selected by the architect who worked closely with the convent in their architectural design changes over the years. He knew lasting quality and design when he saw it.
The architect involved in outfitting the design of the convent also saw how quality lighting and furnishings with good design features would serve his clients well over the years. We are just happy that we can give our customers the benefit of letting these lamps and furnishings live on for countless years to come, continuing the tradition of trailblazers like Walter Von Nessen to merge quality of design and modern style.
Keep A look out for these and other great finds from the convent auction to be available on our web site at Rocket Century. If you are interested in these or any other items from Rocket Century just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The history of how Walter Von Nessen got his start in modern architectural lighting design shows his attention to this very detail that makes his works still famous today.*
Walter Von Nessen: 1889-1943*
Great commercial architects through the decades learned quickly that the best way to compliment their designs, was to be involved in the design and selection of the furnishings and fixtures of their buildings. This of course included the right lighting.
A 1930 edition of Lamp Buyers Journal, which became the forerunner of Home Lighting And Accessories, stated "The latest, newest most radical expressions of art in industry seem particularly applicable to lamps because a lamp highlights a room and it may well be extreme…and it strives to be an expression of ourselves, our times and our environment." By then lamp designer Walter Von Nessen, was already considered a trailblazer in modern architectural lighting, and had established himself as a champion of modern industrial design. He had started Nessen Studios in New York's Murray Hill only three years earlier.
|An Example of One of His Earlier|
Deco Designs of the 1920's
|NT702 Series |
Still Produced By Nessen Studios Today
|NF712 Still Produced|
by Nessen Studios Today
|This Lamp Designed by Stanley Wolf|
Is Still Sold By Nessen Studios Today
|The Guggenheim Museum Today|
|Pair of Vintage Nesson Studios Lamps |
Designed by Elizabeth Kauffer
Nessen Studios continued to introduce stellar modern lighting designs well into the 1960's enlisting other great designers such as Elizabeth Kauffer
|This Is A Vintage Original|
Available At Rocket Century.
It Is Still Produced By Nessen Studios.
|This Vintage Original is|
Available At Rocket Century,
But Is No Longer In
Production at Nessen Studios
*The majority of information published in this blog post was referenced through the Nessen Studios web site. This is a great reference for current listing prices and information on Nessen lamps still in production today, the purchase of these lamps and their parts, and for background information on how the company was formed.*