1960s Beige Gooseneck Desk Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal rod (iron). Chrome gooseneck (brass). Chrome lampshade, beige/cream painted metal (possible brass). Cast iron counterweight inside the base. Green felt on the bottom of the base. Bakelite socket.
Total Height: 57 cm / 22.44” – adjustable.
Goosneck: 45 cm / 17.71”
Base: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 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: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium
Other versions: This 1960s beige gooseneck desk lamp was also made in black, blue and some other colours. Below is a black version.
Often attributed to Hala, Zeist, The Netherlands, but that is not true.
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.
Massive became the leading brand in Europe in the 1980s. In 2000, 2500 people worked for the company. The brothers left the company in 2002 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 commercialised 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.