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1970s Chrome Black Table Lamp

Materials: Chromed metal (iron) parts. Black acrylic “globe” or some other plastic. Bakelite socket. Paper and fabric tubular lampshade. Purple/eggplant/grape metallic coloured with a chrome metal ribbon.

Height: 23 cm / 9.05”

Width: 16 cm / 6.29”

Total Height (with lampshade): 41 cm / 16.14”

Base: ∅ 10,5 cm / 4.13”

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: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: Made in many forms, colours and sizes as you can see below.

Two labels on the bottom. Mass. Max. 60W. (Massimo Maximum 60 Watt). Massimo is the Italian word for maximum. Max. is used for every other language in Europe were Massive sold lights at that time. On the other label there are only numbers: 13061 01 4688. And another number, partly gone. Labels like this were used by Massive Lighting. At Massive they were economical with the labels, they started using labels when the government had compelled them to do so. The first labels that became mandatory in Europe (EEC) were stickers that stated the maximum power of the light bulbs to be used. Later on Massive used the same round labels with the same font that says: Mass. Max. 60W., Made In Belgium and also a label exists with Massive Mass. Max. 60W.

Massive 

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 MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

Massive sold many lamps made by others. Peill + Putzler from Germany and Yamada Shomei from Japan produced lamps for Massive, to name a few. Many other lighting companies did.

VLM Components

All the electric parts were made by VLM Components. VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM Components is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM Components and Segno. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce which were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.

Other table lamps in this style, all made by Massive Lighting

1970s Ceramic Table Lamps Massive Belgium chrome base and decoration MCM 1960s

Label on this lamp

1970s Chrome Black Table Lamp globe candle Purple tube lampshade chrome ribbon Massive Belgium

Massive Lighting label on a desk lamp

Massive Lighting 1970s Label Mass. Max. 60 W. Made in Belgium Massimo Maximum