1950s Panama Style Floor Lamp
Materials: Round dark grey metallic painted iron with iron-reinforced base, no cast iron. Chrome ornamental ring on the base. White painted iron rod. Chrome rod. Round dark grey metallic iron lampshade, white painted inside. Chrome ornamental nut on top. Bakelite socket.
Lampshade: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Max Height: 173 cm / 68.11”
Chrome Rod: 81 cm / 31.88”
White Rod: 102 cm / 40.15”
Base: ∅ 26 cm / 10.23”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This 1950s Panama style floor lamp exists in several colours. Floor lamps with the same base but with another lampshade were also made.
This witch hat floor lamp is made in the style of the famous Panama lamps designed by the Dutch Wim Rietveld in the 1950s. They were produced by Gispen, also from The Netherlands, and not by ANVIA. This floor lamp is often attributed to ANVIA, but it is not. ANVIA produced similar floor lamps as this one, but they were made of a better quality. For instance, the top rod of this lamp can only go up and down. You can’t adjust it otherwise.
Massive 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 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 Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
The electric parts were made by Acciarri, an Italian company. Acciarri is an Italian family name, mostly found on the east coast of the country. Nothing to be found about this company, it must be long gone. Acciarri also produced switches and other electric parts for Reggiani, the famous Italian lightning company. And many other companies, of course.
It is not so exceptional that the electrical components are Italian. Many European light producers used Italian parts.