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1970s Tubular Lampshades Floor Lamp

Materials: Black faux crocodile, or alligator skin glued on a round curved metal base. 3 black painted metal (iron) rods. 3 brass goosenecks. Cylindrical, tubular light green cardboard lampshades. 3 Bakelite E27 sockets.

Height: 190 cm / 74.80” – max height – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 23 x 12 cm / 9.05 x 4.72”

Base: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”

Electricity: bulbs E27, 3 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: Aro-Leuchte(n) GmbHArnold Licht GmbH, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 5, 46325 Borken, Germany – attributed.

Other versions: This 1970s tubular lampshades floor lamp was probably made in several sizes. Also lamps with other lampshades exists.

This floor lamp has cardboard lampshades. In Germany they call it a tütenlampe, a nice word for a paper bag lamp. The base is made in faux crocodile, it is rarely seen. The lampshades of this floor lamp have been painted in soft green, probably somewhere in the eighties. Tastes changed, it happened more often.


Aro-Leuchten GmbH was founded in 1969 as a family business. It ended business in 2006. Not much to be found about the company. Today, the website is offline. The url was Mister Matthias Arnold was the last managing director.

The company was specialised in lamps made of acrylic in stead of glass. Many lamps were designed by other companies in the 1950s and 1960s. Aro-Leuchte produced the plastic versions in the 70s. You can find several examples on the Vintageinfo website. The company used both Aro-Leuchte as Aro-Leuchten on their labels. The website was also with the N.