1960s Acrylic & Teak Chandelier
Materials: White coloured acrylic pressed grains. Wood parts, probably teak. 3 Bakelite sockets.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 20 cm / 7.87”
Width: ∅ 32 cm / 12.59”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 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: Maison Arlus, Paris, France – attributed.
Other versions: This 1960s acrylic & teak chandelier exists in several versions. Maison Arlus made several lamps in this style. Bedside lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, pendant lamp, chandeliers and wall lamps. All with this “faux sugar” plastic type of lampshades of pressed acrylic/Perspex soft grains with teak or some other tropical wood and brass. They are made in a square form, round, rectangular or oval.
Also the Dutch Koninklijke Philips, the Belgian Massive and several other companies produced lamps in this style. In Sweden it was Luxus who produced acrylic and teak chandeliers. Often described as a Scandinavian chandelier because many people link organic materials such as wood and acrylic to Scandinavian design. But you usually see them for sale in France.
Arlus is a French company established in the 1950s. The name is derived from the two words Art and Lustre, chandelier in French.
The shop was located in the Avenue de Clichy number 7 in the 17th district in Paris. In the 1980s the Debbas Group acquired the company. They are located in 30, Rue Alexandre in Gennevilliers, not so far away from the old address on the other side of the Seine river in Paris.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.