1970s Black & White Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron). Some black massive resin, possibly polyester. Opaque and black glass. Iron rod with brass nuts. Silver painted Bakelite socket. Fabric lampshade with aluminium rings.
Total Height: 54 cm / 21.25”
Lampshade: ∅ 23,5 cm / 9.25”
Height: 36 cm / 14.17”
Base: 13 x 13 cm / 5.11 x 5.11”
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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: Made in many variations; big, small, several different lampshades. Many other versions have a ceramic base.
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.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company 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 commercialized 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.
All the electric parts of this lamp are made by the Italian VLM Components company in the 1970s. VLM Components is located in Buccinasco, near Milan. The company is famous for the switches they produced that are designed by Achille Castigilioni in 1968. The switch of this table lamp is model 450.
Similar table lamps made by Massive, all made in ceramics except this one (on the right)