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Philips 1950s Scandinavian Table Lamp

 

Condition: In excellent condition.

Materials: Brass, teak, mouth blown opaque crystal glass.

Height: 41,5 cm – 16.33”

Width: 19,5 cm – 7.67”

Electricity: 2 x E14 light bulb – 2 x 60 watt maximum – 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, preferable a white/opaque one.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: The Philips design team led by Louis Christiaan Kalff (1897 – 1976)

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

Other versions: The glass is used for many lights, wall lights (the Jungfrau wall lamp is one of them), chandeliers, floor lamps, other table lamps such as the Samos table lamp.

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.

Louis-Kalff

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.

Video: Heritage of Philips founded in 1891

Philips Jungfrau and Samos 1950s Lights