Raak Amsterdam

Raak Light Archi­tec­ture was set up by C.O. Lock­horn in Ams­ter­dam in 1954. The name Raak (Dutch for ‘hit’ or ‘strike’) implies a com­pany that hits the nail on the head, both in func­tion and design. At that time, the term ‘light archi­tec­ture’ was implying ‘pro­vid­ing advice on light­ing that har­mo­nizes with and sup­ports architecture’.

The RAAK Amsterdam Design Group was actively manufacturing lighting with a broad range and cooperated with many international designers and architects that included the likes of E.J. Jellis, Sergio Asti, Frank Ligtelijn, Bertrand Balas, Maija Liisa Komulainen and Nanny Still.

Raak manufactured a wide range of lighting from floor to ceiling that used combinations of glass and metal for a sleekly minimal future-looking style that has become charmingly retro as the companies design signature of the 1970′s.