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Faux Bambou Table Lamp

The original table lamp, but this one has a brown lamp shade. Spotted in a shop in Brussels, Belgium in 2015. This light has two black parts and one chromed.

Label on this lamp

Massive label, some years later

Massive Lighting 1970s Label

Massive Lighting 1970s Label

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Globe Filament Table Lamp

 

Materials: Glass bulb, chromed metal, black painted metal, Bakelite socket.

Height: 45 cm / 17.71”

Width: 15 cm / 5.90”

Base: ∅ 11,5 cm / 4.52”

Electricity: This light has a special made big 15 cm (5.90”) globe light bulb with an E27 socket. Can be replaced by 1 bulb E27 – 1 x 100 watt max – 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used. In all probability, this light just needs another light bulb and a lamp shade. The original is on the left.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive Lighting, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: Made in several colours with different lampshades.

Label on the bottom: Mass. Max. 60W. (Massimo Maximum 60 Watt). Massimo is the Italian word for maximum. Max. is used for every other language in Europe were Massive sold lights at that time. At Massive they were economical with the labels, they started using labels when the government had compelled them to do so. The first labels that became mandatory in Europe (EEC) were stickers that stated the maximum power of the light bulbs to be used. Later on Massive used the same round labels with the same font that says: Mass. Max. 60W., Made In Belgium and also a label exists with Massive Mass. Max. 60W.

Massive Lighting

Massive Lighting was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.

In the 1980s Massive Lighting became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. 
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.

When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

This Globe bulb is made in the 1960s or 1970s from 7 small incandescent light bulbs, connected with each other, the type of lamps used for a Christmas tree at that time. They do not give much light, just a lamp for decoration.

Globe Filament Table Lamp

White pair original table lamps

Faux Bambou Table Lamps