Kurt Versen (1901 – 1997) was a Swedish consultant, lighting designer, and manufacturer professionally active in the USA. He studied in Germany. He designed practical and functional lamps that were used in interiors designed by architects and interior designers.
He settled in 1930 in the USA, where he produced lighting for stores, offices, and public buildings, including an early version of indirect lighting for the 1931 Philadelphia Saving Fund Society building, on which Lescaze and Howe were architects and a commission at the 1939 ‘New York World’s Fair. In the 1940s and 1950s, executed many assignments from architects for flexible lighting appropriate to Modern interiors. His swivel floor lamp of c1946 could be used for—direct or indirect lighting.
His lamps were shown at 1951 ‘Good Design’ exhibition, New York Museum of Modern Art.
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Floor Lamps by Kurt Versen
Midcentury Kurt Versen Double Bullet Wall or Desk Lamp
Pair of Kurt Versen Designed Patinated Solid Brass Ceiling – Wall Mount Lights
Art Deco Reading – Torchiere Floor Lamp by Kurt Versen
Vintage Mid-Century Early Modernist Kurt Versen Metal Fiberglass Wall Lamp
Kurt Versen Adjustable Bronze Floor Lamp with Whipstitch Parchment Shade, 1930s
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