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.
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.
Photographer: Simon Menges
Architect: Richard Neutra