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Object Matters

New light on an old classic.
Words by John Ovans.

New light on an old classic.
Words by John Ovans.

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


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