1970s Opaque Glass Table Lamp
Materials: White opal frosted/mat glass. White painted Bakelite socket. Brass rod inside the lamp. Brown felt on the bottom.
Height: 24 cm / 9.44”
Width: ∅ 17 cm / 6.69”
Base: ∅ 11 cm / 4.33”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small round opaque/frosted light bulb is preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium. (attributed)
Other versions: Made in different colours.
This lamp has no marks or whatsoever.
The wiring, plug and socket are Italian and produced by VLM Components from Buccinasco near Milan in the 1960s and 1970s.
The design of this table lamp is based on a design by Herbert Proft for Glashütte Limburg, as you can see below. The table lamp model 6036 has 3 rings, not 4, and is made of smoked or clear glass. It received an iF Design Award in 1971.
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.