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When it comes to injecting a little humor into the lighting business, you could always count on one of the most well-known names in the lighting industry, George Kovacs. Mr. Kovacs passed away recently at the age of 80, leaving behind a rich history of design and innovation.
He invented the now ubiquitous halogen torchiere floor lamp and also gave us the whimsical Save Your Marriage wall light and the straight-from-left-field Wobble lamp, which he would dub "half toy, half lamp."
George Kovacs as a company is now part of the Minka Lighting Group, which carries on the tradition of ingenious design that Mr. Kovacs began.
Case in point, the new Boring desk lamp caught my eye. To call a sleek, stylish, functional and refined desk lamp "Boring" is in keeping with the tradition of excellent design without pretense that made Kovacs a household name.
Another one of my favorites is the excellent balance arm desk lamp (see above).
If you have a favorite George Kovacs design, comment and tell us about it!
To learn more about George Kovacs and his career, check out this warm New York Times tribute to Kovacs, which offers a succinct look at his life and career.