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One of the most famous lights created in this way is the “Gatto” designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1960. Still for sale in design shops. More info on the Flos website. (popup)

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Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Light

 

Materials: Metal frame and plastic “Cocoon”, Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 35 cm / 13.77”

Width: 43 cm / 16.92”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27 fitting, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Friedel Wauer.

Manufacturer: Goldkant-Leuchten, Friedel Wauer GmbH & Co KG, Wuppertal, Germany. The company was founded around 1948. Ended business: unknown. The first name of the company was Cocoon-Leuchten International

Friedel Wauer who is credited by Flos for devising the technology of spraying the material onto iron frames, was inspired by the “self-wrapping” of a silk worm, hence the naming “cocoon”.

Other versions: Many forms and sizes, this one is model FW 60. Goldkant Leuchten also produced ceramic lamps.

However, the first one who used this kind of material is George Nelson in 1947 for his Bubble Hanging Lights. The technique was been developed for mothballing naval ships. George Nelson referred to these lights as “one of those happy accidents which occur all too infrequently in the designer’s experience”.

In the late 1950s Arturo Eisenkeil brought the technique to Italy and together with Dino Gavina, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Sergio Biliotti, Carlo and Tobia Scarpa, Ignazio Gardella, to name the most important designers, the Flos company was born.

iF Design Award 1974

In 1974 Goldkant Leuchten got 2 iF design awards for cocoon lights.
One for the Orsa pendant light and one for the Ulvsunda.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Lichtstudio Eisenkeil

Flos Prehistory

Emerging from a Cocoon: The Story Behind the Beginning of FLOS

Other cocoon lights on Vintageinfo

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Light

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Light

Two other lamps designed by Friedel Wauer for his company Goldkant Leuchten

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Light

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Light

How these lamps are made by Eisenkeil for Flos, impressive video!