Tuesday, 8 November 2011
(Re)Introducing the 101: the very first lamp from David Weeks
Weeks found inspiration for the 101 in 1994 at the 26th Street Flea market in NYC. He was drawn to a typical 1950s desk lamp, purchased it, took it home, and took it apart. Weeks shaped and refined the shade, then hand-formed a new steel structure employing two intersecting loops to provide a weighted base, as well support braces for the uprights and the shade.
The original prototype featured a cloth covered electrical cord repurposed from a vintage iron. But while scouring the hardware section of BHV (Bazaar de l'Hotel de Ville) in Paris that same year, Weeks came across braided, cloth-covered electrical cord that gave the original production version its final touch.
The 101 was the cornerstone of Weeks' original lighting collection launched in 1995. Only 25 of these lamps were made and sold in the first years of the company history before Weeks retired the piece and turned his attention to larger, more sculptural, pieces.
The limited edition 101 has been produced with the last remaining parts that were fabricated for the original design. This hand-signed edition of 20 features powder-coated, hi-gloss white shades, with a nickel plated frame and cloth covered electrical cord.
The 101 by David Weeks. A hand-signed, limited edition of 20, available exclusively at Tweek.
The Limited Edition 101
Size: 14"H x 16"L x 8"W
Shade: Powder-coated aluminum, hi-gloss white
Base: nickel plated steel
Cloth covered cord with switch on cord.