TECTA L40 Rietveld-Leuchte front 1


Hanging lamp,
by Gerrit Rietveld, 1922

for Dr. Hartog


Gerrit Rietveld (1888 – 1964)

»Maker of things – sometimes of magical things«
 (Peter Smithson, 1965)

Gerrit Rietveld was a pioneer of modern­ism. His »Red and Blue Chair« and L40 Pendant Lamp were the first lasting sym­bols of a new era, even before the Bau­haus was founded. Marcel Breuer’s early work was strongly influenced by Rietveld’s, but he then moved on to create his epoch-making tubular steel furniture.

The L40 was designed in 1922 for the consulting room of a progressive doctor named Arie Marinus Hartog. This ground-breaking and audacious design consisted simply of bare tubular light bulbs suspended from the ceiling cable.

Material & Colour

3 tubular lamps, 60 W 


wood, 6 acrylic glass tubes 

Dimensions (cm)

Width: 40
Depth: 40
Height: 55 or 155