The Luxo L1 lamp - star of desk and blockbuster movies
By James Grahame
The much-imitated Luxo L1 luminaire was introduced in October 1938. It was based upon a British spring-balanced model that accompanied a shipment of sewing machines to Norway in 1936. Inventor Jac Jacobsen immediately saw its potential and licensed the design to create his elegant and practical design masterpiece.
Over 25 million copies of this lamp have been manufactured and a computer-rendered version starred in Pixar's first animated short "Luxo Jr." Twenty years later, an energetic young Luxo is an integral part of the Pixar logo that appears before each of their films, although the modern movie version is wireless.