Crafting timeless designs since 1927




Over eighty years ago, Walter von Nessen introduced his first important lighting concept – the swing-arm lamp for table, floor and wall applications. The year was 1927. That form should follow function was then on the frontier of design. Von Nessen was among its most perceptive pioneers.

Through the years, our design parameters have not changed. We remain perfectionists whose primary market is the professional who appreciates what sets our products apart.

With us, performance is the ultimate criterion. Expressions will relate to the times and the materials we fashion. But clean lines and classically pleasing proportions are the invariables. It will test the reader to find executions more straightforward than the signature concepts of our design partners, from Ferdinand Porsche, Gianfranco Frattini and Elizabeth Kauffer through Marc Heinlein, Cristian Diez, Heinz Filzer, Jerome Simon, and Peter Wooding Design Associates.

Our search for superior materials takes us to the quarries of Zaragoza, the marble finishers of Carrara, the glass makers of Murano, the brass mills of Dusseldorf and the looms of Kortrijk. Handheld buffing, polishing and finishing techniques complete the quality formula.

All of these design and fabrication skills may also be brought to bear on your own special problems and client requirements. We will go out of our way to accommodate your requests for modifications and adaptations of our luminaires. Please call us and our representatives for details.


Nessen lamps are made of solid brass because of its durability and beauty. Indeed, brass has been the accepted material for lamps since the days of ancient Greece.

Solid brass can be shaped, machined, soldered, and brazed by skilled hands for rigidity and exceptionally long life. Solid brass cannot rust; whereas brass-plated steel will wear out and the steel will rust.

When polished and lacquered, solid brass has a deep, warm tone and uniform finish that develops an elegant patina with age. Left outdoors, unlacquered solid brass eventually turns to a dark bronze color whose time becomes richer year after year.

Solid brass can be effectively oxidized to a bronze finish, because the content of these two metals is similar.

Solid brass is one of the few metals that is best suited for chrome plating. With the proper electro-chroming plating process (such as that used by Nessen), the chrome finish will last indefinitely and always retain its original color.

The uncompromising quality of materials and craftsmanship inherent in all Nessen lamps has gained a special reputation for all Nessen products.