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1970s Hillebrand Desk Lamp 7403

Materials: Black round cast iron base. Painted with embossed/relief paint. Built-in big chrome switch. Metal goose-neck inside a black plastic ribbed flexible tube. Some chrome and brass parts. Black satin painted half round aluminium lampshade, painted white inside. Metal E27 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: This 1970s Hillebrand desk lamp exists in several colours.

This desk lamp is model 7403.

Several table lamps and desk lamps in this style from Hillebrand received iF-design awards in the 70s, 10 awards in total since the fifties.

A similar table lamp and several other Hillebrand lamps were also sold by the Dutch company Hagoort (and other companies), as you can see in the catalogue picture from 1977. Hagoort produced lamps, but sold many lamps made by other companies.


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 1950’s.

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. The ERWI company 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.

Among others, Kaiser Leuchten (Gebr. Kaiser & Co. Leuchten KG), Idman Oy, Finland, Hillebrand-Leuchten (Egon Hillebrand Leuchtenfabrik) and Cosack (Gebrüder Cosack) used cast iron bases produced by ERWI.

Often said that the famous crowfoot table lamps are designed by Louis Kalff in the 1950’s. But these lamps with an ERWI base are made by Cosack and were also sold by Idman Oy.