1970s Black & White Desk Lamp
Materials: White painted metal flat round base. Black painted flat metal rod. White painted round perforated metal lampshade. All made in iron. Plastic diffuser ring in the lampshade. Some plastic parts. Porcelain socket.
Height: 32 cm / 12.59”
Base: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”
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, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich, Wommelgem, Belgium. – attributed.
Other versions: Made in many different colours. Several different lamps were produced, all with the same base but with a different lampshade.
In The Netherlands these desk lamps were sold by Vrieland Design a company active in the 1970s and 1980s. Also Herda Verlichting BV from Amsterdam had these lamps in the assortment.
In Germany they were sold by Brilliant Leuchten, in Spain it was Fase.
Massive sold them in Belgium and some other European countries. This big company is in all probability the producer of these series of lamps.
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.
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.
All the electric parts are made by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy.
VLM Components was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
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