It took me over a year to find this lamp. A quietly memorable but rare utilitarian design for a pendant lamp, I spotted it in the offices of ID Magazine during a visit last winter (below) and then in Jeanine Brennan's Boston House tour (above), but I didn't know who had designed it or where it had come from. Don't you have items like this that you pine after, but can never seem to track down?...
Then, two weeks ago, while researching Dick Van Hoff's new Work Lamps, I saw it on his website, which explains why it has been so hard to find. It's an old Droog design that is not even available in the States any more.
The lamp is a 1997 design for Rosenthal Porcelain by Dick van Hoff, under the auspices of Droog. It is very hard to get any deep dirt on this simple lamp, other than this: "This lamp was born out of a dissatisfaction with the existing techniques, in this case the usual dichotomy of fitting and shade. In this design, the porcelain fitting literally melts into the shade, which is also made of porcelain." It IS, however, included in DesignBoom's History of the Pendant Lamp.
I scanned the web and eBay and couldn't find any for sale, but I found out where you could buy it overseas:
All of which made me tremendously happy. My hunt is finally over, it is now gettable and I pass the fruits of my labor on to you. But, if you know if any OTHER sources, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).