1970s Chrome Cosack Chandelier
Materials: Chromed metal (brass & iron) curved rods and tubes. Long chrome rod and canopy. 12 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Height: 80 cm / 31.49”
Width: ∅ 65 cm / 25.59”
Electricity: 12 bulbs E14, 12 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but silver tipped light bulbs are preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid Century Modern.
Designer: Hans Wilfried Hegger.
Manufacturer: Gebrüder Cosack – Gecos, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany.
Other versions: This 1970s chrome Cosack chandelier exists in brass. Bigger and smaller chandeliers exists. Also wall lamps, flush mounts and table lamps were made.
These lamps were also sold by Design M, the company of Ingo Maurer. Helestra, another German company produced comparable lamps.
Hans Wilfried Hegger
Hans Wilfried Hegger is an architect and designer. His company is named H + Hegger GmbH, and it is located in Korschenbroich, Germany. Hans Hegger designed many lamps for the Cosack company. Hegger received an iF Design Award in 2013 for a LED flush mount produced by Schmitz-Leuchten.
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.
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