Friso Kramer LED | A Dutch Design Classic

With the Friso Kramer LED, Lightwell has launched a very special and pioneering luminaire. Kramer, trained according to the Bauhaus traditions, is the designer who has many leading designs to his name. Some of his best known designs include the Revolt chair, but of course also the conical luminaire, named after himself. This post top luminaire is designed to his original design from 1960, but 21st century proof. The shape of the luminaire and its reflector are the result of a number of optical considerations. Lanterns in an urban environment, for example, are always 25 meters apart, they must be high enough, no light must shine at the level of the first floor and no glare must be caused to both pedestrians and motorists. The faceted reflector and the shape of the hood ensure that the light is reflected in such a way that all these requirements are met.

“It is the task of the designer to leave out what is not absolutely necessary.” Friso Kramer.

  • Smart City prepared


  • Perfect for neighbourhoods


  • Easy assembly


  • Dutch Design

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Lightwell and Friso Kramer

In 2011, Lightwell and Friso Kramer joined forces to modernise his design and to make it close to the LED revolution. Big Challenge in the design was to integrate the possibilities of LED in a proper way. The choice of a mirror optic turned out to be the most elegant and pleasant, as it seems to float the light as it were, and the image becomes very soft and quiet because no glare can be created by the light source. After the development phase, it was time for one of the biggest revelations that took place at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam during the celebration of Friso’s’s 90th anniversary.


The first design of this fixture made Kramer in 1960, commissioned By Gemeente Den Haag. It proved to be a great success and this model would determine the Dutch street image in the following decades. The philosophy behind the Friso Kramer Luminaire explains Friso in the film, in which he goes deep into what the role of light should be in the public space (serviceable) and that a fixture also needs to be beautiful and elegant during the day.