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 used in interiors designed by architects and interior designers.

Machine Age Table Lamp in polished aluminium designed by Kurt Versen (1930s)
Machine Age Table Lamp in polished aluminium designed by Kurt Versen (the 1930s)

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, he executed many assignments from architects for flexible lighting appropriate to Modern interiors. His swivel floor lamp of c1946 could be used forโ€”direct or indirect lighting.

Table Lamp by Kurt Versen
Table Lamp by Kurt Versen

His lamps were shown at the 1951 ‘Good Design’ exhibition, New York Museum of Modern Art.

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Sources

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The Design Encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Pile, J. F. (2005). A History of Interior Design. United Kingdom: Laurence King.

Additional reading

Pile, J. F. (2005). A history of interior design. Laurence King. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3vU26ag.

Votolato, G., & Greenhalgh, P. (1998). American design in the Twentieth Century: Personality and performance. Manchester University Press. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3QunHiK.

Yee, R. (2006). Corporate Interiors. Visual Reference Publications. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3Zs1F4d.

Yee, R. (2007). Lighting Spaces the art & science of architectural lighting. WATSON-GUPTILL PUBNS (NJ). Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3Zoo7vc.

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