The T-house lamp was as its name indicates a lamp designed by Carsten Jörgensen in 2007 for the Taiwanese Tea House smith&hsu as a part of an interior design project which Carsten Jörgensen undertook in the years from 2006 and onwards. During the years the T-house lamp was adjusted to various sizes and materials, but by launching it for an international market the T-house lamp found its final design in 2016 and the feature of adjusting the light source within the aluminium shade for a more flexible daily usability was added. Since the lamp became identical with the smith&hsu teahouse in Nanjing Road, Taipei it was important for the designer that the new version kept its name. Since it was specifically constructed for the small spaces with people sitting close to each other it was important to construct a shade that didn’t blind the Tea drinkers. At the same time it was a demand to create a sensible ambient light with a maximum colour rendering, meaning that the tea and the food served should show its natural colours as if it has been seen in sunlight as you experience it in April when tea is harvested for the first time of the year. It makes sense in a teahouse to depict the natural colours of what you put into your body, but actually another reason might be even much more acute. The Taiwanese live in a country with one of the fewest sun hours measured per year in the world, and I assume the demand for natural light must be immense considering the enormous amount of flickering, noisy fluorescent light tubes spreading its freezing cool light in all private houses, factories and offices all over the island, as disastrous as the amount of scooters polluting one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Designed in 2007