1960s Acrylic & Teak Chandelier
Materials: 3 white oval lampshades made of pressed soft plastic grains. Wood parts, probably teak. 3 Bakelite E27 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: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Jalest, 1 Rue Hoelzel 67400 Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France.
Other versions: This 1960s acrylic & teak chandelier exists in several versions.
Many lamps were made 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.
Unfortunately, not much is known about this French company. It was founded in 1900 and ended business in 2001. Of all the lamps you will find from this brand, this type of chandeliers is one of the most striking.
Albert Lehe designed the “Le Circle” lamp around 1980. A lamp with a square base and a 3 circles lampshade. Illkirch-Graffenstaden is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.
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.