Born: 1893 - Died: 1974
Best-known works: Kaiser Idell lamps
Christian Dell was a German designer with an exciting background as a silversmith, a background that helps to explain the sense for find detail found in his creations. He worked as a foreman at the Bauhaus metal workshop in Weimar from 1922 to 1925, where he was responsible for an incredibly innovative and groundbreaking design style.
The Bauhaus – encompassing architecture, design, art and other media – occupies its own special place in the cultural history of the 20th century. It was one of the first educational institutions dedicated to design and was a gathering point for the period’s most exceptional artists and architects.
Starting in 1926 Dell began to design light fixtures, often for the Gebr. Kaiser & Co. lamp factory. His table lamp model 6631 Luxus was first exhibited in 1936. It quickly became the leading model in the KAISER idell™ series, which both then and now stands as a symbol of the finest in German design, elegantly enhanced with exquisite materials and precision technology.
If you’re curious about the name of the lamp program, Kaiser is the name of the original manufacturer and Idell is a combination of the word ’idea’ and Christian Dell’s surname.