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Philips Pendant Light


Condition: In perfect condition.

Materials: Opaque crystal glass, plastic, porcelain socket.

Total Height: 50 cm – 19.68”

Height: 21 cm – 8.26”

Width: 18 cm – 7.08”

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

Period: 1950s – 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Louis Christiaan Kalff (1897 – 1976) – attributed.

Most of the lamps made by Philips are designed by the internal design-team of the company which was headed by Louis Kalff

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

Other versions: Made in several versions.

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.

You can read the complete history of the company on their website.


Philips Pendant Light

Philips Pendant Light

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 forty years at the Philips group.