1970s Sompex Pendant Lamp
Materials: Geometric clear acrylic slats wound with nylon thread. Chrome canopy, chrome tube on top. Chrome parts, chrome ornamental tubes around the Bakelite E27 sockets.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 38 cm / 14.96”
Width: ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Paul Secon.
Manufacturer: Sompex GmbH & Co. KG, Werftstraße 20-22, 40549 Düsseldorf, Germany. Before: Sompex Licht und Form, Rolf O. Burghard KG.
Other versions: This 1970s Sompex pendant lamp exists in many variations. All made of acrylic, sometimes coloured or smoked acrylic, together with nylon fishing wire. Made since the sixties, this pendant lamp was made in the seventies, to see on the used electric wiring.
Sompex was founded in 1948 by Rolf O. Burghard as the Soest Import en Export Company in Soest, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. In 1950 they moved to Düsseldorf. Sompex was the exclusive importer of Scandinavian design and expanded rapidly. Since the 1970s Sompex is focused on interior lighting. The company is a family business and it still exists.
Sompex also sold lamps produced by Rotaflex. More info over here.
No information to be found about a (lamp) designer. A Paul Secon exists (July 13, 1916 – February 24, 2007), but it was an American entrepreneur and song-writer who co-founded Pottery Barn with his brother, Morris, in 1950.
These lamps were also sold as a kit to make them yourself by some companies, but they look different, as you can see in this America advertisement.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a (mostly) transparent thermoplastic.
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Links (external links open in a new window)
Sompex history on the company’s website
Acrylic – Wikipedia
Soest – Wikipedia
Paul Secon and Pottery Barn – Wikipedia
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