1970s ERCO Globe Table Lamp
Materials: Brushed aluminium conical base. Orange globe glass lampshade. Bakelite socket.
Height: 49 cm / 19.29”
Width: ∅ 28 cm / 11.02”
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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner in 1972 – attributed.
Manufacturer: ERCO GmbH, Lüdenscheid, Germany.
Other versions: At least also made in white and red. This globe table lamp is model 3 377.
ERCO was founded in 1934 by Arnold Reininger (1907-2003), Karl Reeber and Paul Buschhaus in Lüdenscheid, Germany. The company name ERCO represents a phonetic abbreviation of the founding name “Reininghaus & Co.“.
The company is still in family ownership. During the early years, ERCO produced parts for lamps. In particular a spring-supported retracting mechanism for hanging lights.
In the 1930s the industrial production of complete luminaires was started. After the Second World War Arnold Reininger and Karl Reeber continued the company. Co-founder Paul Buschhaus had died in the war.
Famous designers that worked for the ERCO company are Alois Ferdinand Gangkofner, Roger Tallon, Ettore Sottsass. Emilio Ambasz, Shiro Kuramata, Giancarlo Piretti, Dieter Witte. Yves Béhar, Knud Holscher, Franco Clivio, Naoto Fukasawa and many others.
The company was awarded many times thanks to these great artists and the vision of the ERCO company. ERCO received 88 iF Design Awards.
Many thanks to Jean-Pierre from K11design for the photos and the enthusiasm. You can find his shop over here on Ebay.