HPV Lumière Classique is no ordinary company and that can be seen in the history. The origin lies on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. Johannes “Harrie” Vrisekoop had a business there in 1937 in painting supplies, called Artipictura. Among others the artist Karel Appel was his customer. After the war Johannes continued with his brother Pieter in the Herenstraat. The name HPV Lumière Classique originated there: Harrie-Pieter-Vrisekoop. Their father also worked in the business. It was here that the sale of lamps began. There was a lack of raw materials and that is why he had artists paint caps with a mineral blue motif. He put these caps on old wine vases. That was a great success, the lamps were sold throughout the Netherlands.
During the Korean War, the price of copper and bronze skyrocketed. People handed in bronze statues and older chandeliers en masse to the metal dealers in the Jordaan. Also at HPV Lumière Classique, with the question: “can you do something with this?” From then on we started restoring. From this fortuitous circumstance, our specialization arose: restoring chandeliers. Over the past 80 years, we have achieved great expertise in this area and have built up an impressive stock of original parts in bronze and crystal. Having style lighting made to measure was therefore a logical extension of our range of services.