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Inspiring spaces

No. 3: Modernism in Wuppertal


The house, perched above a hillside in a secluded forest in Wuppertal, Germany, was completed in 1967 and has gradually recovered its reputation as a standout work of late-modernist European architecture. Roof beams that extend far beyond its facade, an open floorplan and floor-to-ceiling glass walls that gently merge its interior with its surroundings are among its characteristic features. The house has undergone several renovations in recent years to restore it to its original form. Transposed into the realm of light, this more or less parallels Wästberg’s primary mission: trying to restore basic tenets of the philosophy of lighting that have been lost.

w132 Nendo

w132 Nendo provides soft, atmospheric lighting, whether you intend to use the space for thinking, reading or simply relaxing. w132 Nendo enables versatile placement thanks to its ability to be raised and lowered. w132 was created in cooperation with Japanese designer Nendo.

w102 Chipperfield

w102 Chipperfield, with its warm-white full-spectrum light, is an ideal choice for settings where correct perception of colour is essential. w102 Chipperfield references the archetypal desk lamp, here in a variant adapted for home use. It provides warm white light that is evenly distributed, with no glare. Perfect for bedside use. w102 Chipperfield Floor, in solid brass or darkened steel, is well-suited to illuminating a specific area. Combined with w102 Chipperfield Table and Pin, it can also be part of a combined solution for a larger space. w102 was created in cooperation with British architect David Chipperfield.

w203 Ilumina

w203 Ilumina, is an update of the classic library lamp. There is no visible light source to distract the eye. w203 Ilumina was created in cooperation with British designer Ilse Crawford.

w181 Linier

w181 Linier has integrated dimming wheels at either end. Each can be independently adjusted to dial in the desired light level, enabling optimal adaptability to different areas of use. w181 Linier was created in cooperation with German designer Dirk Winkel.

w164 Alto

w164 Alto lends a sense of intimacy and atmosphere to the home. Plug-and-play functionality, easy to adapt to different settings, preferences and needs. w164 Alto was created in cooperation with German designer Dirk Winkel.

w163 Lampyre

w163 Lampyre takes its name from the French word for glowworm. White, mouth-blown opal glass. Even at its brightest, it is a pleasure to look at. Dimmed, it is perhaps at its most beautiful. Glowing, phantasmal, suggestive. w163 Lampyre was created in cooperation with French designer Inga Sempé.


Photographer: Simon Menges
Architect: Richard Neutra