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1970s Hillebrand Desk Lamp 7403

Materials: Satin black painted half round aluminium lampshade, white painted inside. Metal gooseneck decorated with a plastic tube. Cast iron round base, black painted with embossed/relief paint. Big chrome switch. Chromed and brass parts, metal socket.

Height: 38 cm / 14.96” – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 16,3 cm / 6.41”

Base: ∅ 15 cm /5.90”

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: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Hillebrand-Leuchten, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany.

Other versions: Made in several colours.

This table lamp is model 7403. It was designed in the early 1970s.

Several table lamps and desk lamps in this style from Hillebrand received iF-design awards in the 1970s, 10 awards in total since the 1950s.


Egon Hillebrand Leuchtenfabrik, Neheim-Hüsten was founded on may 15, 1881 by plumbing and fitter master Egon Hillebrand as a producer of nickel silver lids for beer pitchers, established household appliances, kerosene lamps and storm and carriage lanterns.

With the arrival of the son Franz, the operation was switched to the turn of the century in the manufacture of electrical lighting fittings.
Around 1955, the collection was a representative, quality Rustic line “lights for restaurants and farmers bars“. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1995.

Designers that worked for Hillebrand 

Dr Heinz Georg Pfaender (1928-2015): in 1961 he designed the Oslo table lamp and in 1963 the Bornholm desk lamp. Two design-icons of the Hillebrand company.

Ernest Igl (1920-2001) designed several lights for Hillebrand in the 1950s.

Odo Klose designed a floor lamp (model 5225).


This lamp has a cast iron base made by ERWI. ERWI was a cast iron producer, not a lamp producer. ERWI made cast iron counterweights for several lighting companies. ERWI produced many items in cast iron, for instance also Christmas tree stands. In all probability a German company. It does not exist anymore.

Kaiser Leuchten (Gebr. Kaiser & Co. Leuchten KG), Philips (Koninklijke Philips N.V.), Hillebrand-Leuchten (Egon Hillebrand Leuchtenfabrik) and Cosack (Gebrüder Cosack) used cast iron bases produced by ERWI. For example, the famous crow’s foot table lamp by Philips designed by Louis Kalff in the 1950s has an ERWI base. Hense the mix-up with some Cosack lamps that have a similar design as the Philips lamps.