A hundred years ago, it was not uncommon to see accountants, journalists and those in other eye-straining occupations wearing green translucent visors to temper the harsh glare of early electric light bulbs. The Emeralite desk lamp, designed in 1909 by American engineer Harrison D. McFaddin, followed the same principles. Its green glass shade was thought to not only reduce eye fatigue and improve productivity, but to have a calming effect on employees. It was so popular with financial institutions that This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty Buy Now Related Stories Design Partnerships Issue 48 Delayed Gratification In partnership with Fritz Hansen, Kinfolk unearths the long history of a new classic. Design Partnerships Together Again The return of the small gathering, in partnership with Fritz Hansen. Design Partnerships Issue 39 Nathalie Du Pasquier An interview with the painter turned tile designer. Design Partnerships Lights Down Low A new glow for the dark season, in partnership with Marset. Arts & Culture Fashion Partnerships Issue 34 HaaT: Makiko Minagawa In partnership with HaaT, creative director Makiko Minagawa talks tradition, textiles and a half-century of collaborating with Issey Miyake. Interiors Partnerships Home Tour: Cleo and McShane Murnane Cleo and McShane Murnane invite us high above Los Angeles and into their hilltop home.