1960s Chrome Cosack Desk Lamp
Materials: Round chromed metal (iron) base. Cast iron counterweight inside. Chrome rod & parts. Chrome joint. Adjustable tubular & conical lampshade. Some metal parts. Bakelite E27 socket.
Lampshade: ∅ 12 x 25 cm / 4.72 x 9.84”
Height: 61 cm / 24.01”
Base: ∅ 17 cm / 6.69”
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: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Gebrüder Cosack – Gecos, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany.
Other versions: This 1960s chrome Cosack desk lamp exists in several versions. Other lampshades were used with the same base & rod. Also floor and wall lamps exists.
The Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) company was founded in 1833 as a metal processing plant in Neheim-Hüsten, Germany by Egon, Friedrich and Theodor Cosack together with Gottliebe Tappe. It was named Metallwarenfabrik Tapp + Cosack. In the beginning they made liturgical items, crosses and upholstery nails made of brass and they also produced kerosene lamps. Later the company came to the production of electric lamps.
In 1921 a cardboard factory was started, originally for packaging the Cosack Group‘s own products, including lights, nails, rivets and kitchen appliances.
After the Second World War Cosack pursued a modern direction. A best seller were copper lighting for restaurants. The company was declared bankrupt in 1984.
The cardboard factory still exists. The sixth generation is now running the business at the Cosack plant.
Best known designers: Gottfried Stürzenhofecker, K. H. Kinsky, Hans Wilfried Hegger, Hans-Joachim Groth, Burkhard Panteleit, Joachim O. Becker, Prof. Friedrich Becker, Waldemar Rothe and Jan Armgardt.
Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) received 15 iF Design Awards.
Links (external links open in a new window)
If Design Awards for Gebrüder Cosack
Cosack printing + packaging website
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Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm.