HPV Lumière Classique is not an ordinary company and it shows in the history. The origin is on the Herengracht in Amsterdam. Johannes “Harrie” Vrisekoop had a business there in 1937 in painting supplies, called Artipictura. Among other things, the artist Karel Appel was his customer. After the war Johannes and his brother Pieter continued 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 delft 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 exploded. People handed in masses of bronze statues and older chandeliers to the metal traders in the Jordaan. Also at HPV Lumière Classique, with the question: “can you do something with this?” From then on we started to restore. Our specialization was born from this coincidental circumstance: restoring chandeliers. Over the past 80 years we have gained great expertise in this area and we 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 service package.