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1970s Clothespin Clamp Lamp

Materials: Yellow painted aluminium lampshade, white painted inside. Nickel-plated arm, not chromed. White plastic clothespin. Bakelite socket.

Lampshade: 11  x 8 cm / 4.33 x 3.14” 

Clothespin: 12 x 7,5 cm  / 4.72 x 2.95”

Arm: 10 cm / 3.93”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a small one. For this setup a round small white light bulb was used.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium. (attributed).

Other versions: In all probability produced in several colours.


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 Koninklijke 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.

VLM Components

The electric parts (plug, switch, wire, socket) are Italian and made by VLM Components from Buccanisco, near Milan. The company is famous for the switches they produced designed by Achille Castiglioni.

Massive was a was a major client at VLM Components. Many lamps by the company uses VLM parts. 


Links (external links open in a new window)

Massive on Wikipedia (in Dutch)

Light Gallery

The complete history of the Philips company

Other lamps made by Massive on Vintageinfo

Other clamp lamps on Vintageinfo

VLM Components switches on Vintageinfo