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1980s Dimmable Desk Lamp 

Materials: Black chromed metal (iron). Brass rod, black chromed pivoting lampshade. Counterweight inside the base. Porcelain socket.

Height: 24 cm / 9.84”

Width: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Base: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. It uses a small refrigerator bulb. 

Period: 1980s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.


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 MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.


The unusual dimmer on this desk/reading/bedside lamp is the Bridge dimmer and it was made by Relco from Buccinasco near Milan in Italy. Relco is famous for the switches they produce that are designed by Achille Castiglioni (1918 – 2002) and were produced by the VLM company. VLM is owned by Relco.

1980s Dimmable Desk Lamp - Label Massive Belgium Art. 1269/21/

1980s Dimmable Desk Lamp - Relco Bridge Dimmer

1980s Dimmable Desk Lamp - Relco Bridge Dimmer

1980s Dimmable Desk Lamp - Relco Bridge Dimmer