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OMI Chromed Desk Light

 

Condition: In good condition.

Materials: Chromed metal, Bakelite socket, cast iron counterweight in the base, aluminium chromed lampshade.

Height: 70,5 cm – 27.75”

Width lampshade: 14 cm ⌀ – 5.51”

Width base: 16,7 cm ⌀ – 6.57”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt max – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

When you do a search on the internet for the OMI mark on the chromed knee joint, you always find lights that are described as lights designed by Koch & Lowy for OMI. Koch & Lowy is not a design team, but an American light company and has got nothing to do with this lamp. Some say OMI Switserland, but there is nothing to be found about a Swiss company with that name. Others say OMI DBGM, because sometimes it is written on the knee joint. DBGM is not some type of company, but it is German for utility model, “gebrauchsmuster” in German. Only used in Germany and Austria: Deutsches Bundes-Gebrauchsmuster. To say it simple, the knee joint is made by a company named OMI and the system is licensed for some period, most of the time 10 years: the small brother of a patent. 

Maybe this table or desk light is made in Germany by Gebrüder Cosack from Neheim-Hüsten. Sometimes a light like this one has the Cosack label on it, but they were made in paper and got lost after a while. 

The switch of this light has stamps that say that the switch is approved for use in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany. 

OMI Chromed Desk Light

OMI Chromed Desk Light