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 witch hat lampshade with perforated elongated slots, painted white inside. Chrome conical ornamental nut on top. Bakelite E27 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: Van Haute, Molenbeekstraat 79, Brussels, Belgium.
Other versions: This 1950s Panama style floor lamp exists in several colours. The base was used for several other floor lamps.
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, and not by ANVIA. This floor lamp is often attributed to ANVIA, but it is not. ANVIA produced similar floor lamps, 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.
VH or Van Haute is a lighting company from Brussels, Belgium. Van Haute had a factories in Brussels and in Aalst, some 25 km / 15 mi from each other. The company no longer exists. It probably ended business in the 70s. The old building of the company in Aalst still remains.
In the 1950s Van Haute mainly produced lighting with fluorescence tubes, as you can see in the 1954 publicity.
Van Haute produced many lamps in the style of others. For instance, the pendant lamp, here in blue and green with a circular fluorescence light bulb is almost always sold as a Louis Kalff design for Philips. It has a lampshade with the same slits as this floor lamp, and the same chrome conical ornamental nut. The slits are reminiscent of a Louis Kalff design for Philips, hence the confusion. Other lamps have a more Italian design approach.
The electric parts of this floor lamp 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.