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Louis Kalff Junior Desk Light


Condition: In good condition.

Materials: Orange painted aluminium, brass parts, dark gray painted brass, cast iron counterweight, Bakelite socket.

Height: 42 cm – 16.53”

Width: 35 cm – 13.77”

Electricity: 1 x 100 watt bulb E27 maximum – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 socket can be used, for this lamp preferable a silver bowl/cup light bulb.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Louis Christiaan Kalff (1897 – 1976)

Manufacturer: Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Turnhout, Belgium.

Other versions: Slight differences in the lampshade, base, different colors.

About Philips: Inspired by the fast-growing electricity industry and the promising results of son Gerard’s own experiments to make reliable carbon filaments, in 1891 Frederik Philips financed the purchase of a modest factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Their plan was to bring cost-effective, reliable electric incandescent light bulbs to everyone who needed them.
The complete history of the Philips company can be found on their website.

Used as a prop in the movie War Dogs (2016) in an hotel in Albania, together with a Dijkstra floor lamp.

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War Dogs on IMDB

War Dogs DVD or Blu Ray for sale at

War Dogs (2016)

Louis Kalff Junior and Dijkstra Floor Lamp - War Dogs (2016)

Also used as a prop in the movie The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) in an office of a newspaper in 1958. The Hudsucker Proxy is a film with Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman. The Hudsucker Proxy is a comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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The Hudsucker Proxy on the IMDB movie database.

The Hudsucker Proxy DVD for sale at

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Louis Kalff Junior Desk Lamp - The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)


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Philips Junior Desk Light pub

The 1960s-1970s version of this light was named Romeo.

Philips Romeo

Louis Christiaan Kalff (Amsterdam, November 14th 1897 – Waalre, September 16th, 1976)

Louis Kalff was a pioneering industrial designer in the Netherlands during the first half of the 20th century. With a solid background including studies in sculpture, ceramics, furniture design and architecture, he began to work for the Philips company in 1924, department consumer electronics company marketing.

In 1929 he started a department for design of lighting products (LIBU – Lichtadviesbureau (Dutch for light consultancy). Louis Kalff was responsible for the lighting sections of the World Exhibitions in Barcelona, Antwerp and Paris.

 As freelancer he also designed posters and advertising for the Holland America Line, Calvé, Zeebad Scheveningen, Holland Radio. He also designed book covers.

After World War II Kalff kept himself active in industrial design for Philips. After his retirement in 1960, Louis Kalff stayed with Philips as a consultant and architect. In 1961 he was given the direction and execution of the Evoluon building in Eindhoven. It was the last work of the light architect who almost worked for 40 years at the Philips group.

The Evoluon building in Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Evoluon Eindhoven