In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary! -Aaron Rose. This is definitely an EXTRAORDINARY vintage mid-century modern Baton high intensity desk table lamp by Lightolier. Many say the Baton lamp was designed by Michael Lax and although we know it was designed in the era Michael Lax designed for Lightolier AND that he created the famed “Lytegem” for Lightolier, we found no confirmation that he designed the Baton. Either way, it is an INCREDIBLE design, and it screams mid-century modern excellence! This little beauty has some serious moves!! The vertical brass anodized aluminum arm pivots back and forward and the horizontal plastic light hood tilts as well. It doesn’t raise up and down but its fully adjustable to tilt side to side and front to back and it’s mounted on a beautiful black plastic rectangular base! And a fun feature it possesses are holes in the back so you can hang it on a wall! How cool! You can place it on a wall above or below a fabulous piece of artwork or a mirror and luminate the piece. Perhaps hanging above your headboard as a perfect reading light or to create a bit of ambience. Of course, it’s high intensity light bulbs will provide superior lighting wherever it’s used whether for office or schoolwork in your study or den.
Lightolier was founded in 1904 by Bernhard Blitzer under the name New York Gas and Appliance Company. In its early years, the company specialized in fancy decorative chandeliers, then shifted to the high-end design and architectural markets in the 1920s. In the 1960s Lightolier introduced the first track lighting system, designed by the late Anthony C. Donato which was a vertically integrated track, unlike the horizontal tracks of today. During this same period Lightolier began importing European designs, including that of Gaetano Sciolari and another notable success designed by Michael Lax known as the Lytegem series which has a place in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. They were also the first lighting company to introduce digital lighting systems in the 90’s. Lightolier is a Sustaining Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, a founding member of the American Lighting Association, an ally of the EPA Green Lights program, a Partner of the Lighting Research Center, and is still a leading lighting company today.
This Baton desk table lamp by Lightolier has it all. Don’t let it pass you by! Make it yours!!