1960s Slats Pendant Lamp
Materials: Radial lampshade in clear plastic or acrylic slats hooked in a clear plastic, acrylic tube lampshade, pointing in every direction. Aluminium tube on top. Some metal parts. Black plastic. Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
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: Atlas Lighting Ltd, United Kingdom.
Other versions: This “propeller” 1960s slats pendant lamp exists in several versions. Below are some other editions, the spring mechanism to connect the socket with the clear plastic lampshade and the aluminium tube are the same.
These lamps were not made by Philips, but sold by Philips. These lamps were made by Atlas Lighting Ltd, from the United Kingdom. The company no longer exists.
They presented them the first time on the 1968 exhibition in the Olympia in London. These range of lamps were named Linklite.
Koninklijke Philips N.V.
Inspired by the fast-growing electricity industry and the promising results of Gerard Philips own experiments to make reliable carbon filaments, Frederik Philips (his father) financed the purchase of a modest factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1891. Frederik Philips was a Jewish banker based in Zaltbommel.
In 1895, after difficult first four years and near bankruptcy, Anton Philips joined the company. He was Gerard’s younger brother. With Anton’s arrival, the family business began to expand rapidly. The brothers changed their family business by founding the Philips corporation. They laid the foundations for the later electronics multinational.
In 1930 the first shaver of the Philips company was introduced and was simply called “The Philishave”.
A day before the German invasion in the Netherlands on 9 Mai 1940, the Philips family fled to the United States of America, taking a large amount of the company capital with them. Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. After World War II the company was moved back to the Netherlands, with their headquarters in Eindhoven.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
Atlas Linklite lamps in the 1967 and 1968 Philips catalogues