Lamps in the movies
The Ninth Gate (1999)
A 1980s JUMO desk lamp was used as a prop in the 1999 mystery thriller film The Ninth Gate. Starring: Johnny Depp, Lena Olin and Frank Langella.
Au Service De La France (2015 – 2018)
A 1980s JUMO desk lamp was used as a prop in the 2015 – 2018 French parody spy TV series Au Service De La France (A Very Secret Service). Starring Hugo Becker, Wilfred Benaïche and Christophe Kourotchkine. Many lamps were used, all French lamps. This lamp is a time traveller, the series is situated in 1960. Several other errors appear in this series.
Alexandra Ehle (2018 – )
Several 1980s JUMO desk lamps were used as a prop in the 2018 French crime drama TV series. Here in season 1, episode 3. Alexandra Ehle. Starring Julie Depardieu, Bernard Yerlès and Xavier Guelfi.
1980s JUMO Desk Lamp
Materials: Round & flat black metal base with a built-in switch on a chrome ornamental ring. Adjustable chrome rod & joints. Puck style black & white aluminium lampshade. Brass B22 socket.
Height: 53 cm / 20.86” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 21 cm / 8.26”
Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”
Electricity: 1 bulb B22, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: André Mounique – attributed.
Manufacturer: JUMO, Bagnolet, Paris, France.
Other versions: This 1980s JUMO desk lamp exists in several varieties and colours. Made with different lampshades and also with a counterbalance mechanism or gooseneck. They are in all probability designed by André Monique in the late 70s, early 80s. They frequently appear in French movies of the early 1980s.
The French JUMO company was founded in the 1940s by Yves Jujeau and Pierre and André Mounique as “Société Nouvelle des Etablissements JUMO” (New Society of JUMO Establishments). The name of the company is derived from the two first letters of each name. It was located in Bagnolet, near the capital Paris.
The lamps made by the company are never labelled, but often the engraved model number can be found in the cast iron counterweight of the base. Most of the lamps are good recognisable by certain elements specific to this brand such as the lampshades, joints and base.
JUMO lamps were designed for offices and exists in many models. Many imitations were made over the years. The JUMO lamps were a big success. Not every chrome desk lamp is a JUMO lamp.
At the end of the seventies JUMO was bought the English Concord Lighting International Ltd (founded in 1968 by the famous Rotaflex company). The name changed in JUMO Concord. The company was relocated and disappeared in the 1980s.
The famous Lucidus Bloc foldable lamp, designed in 1945 is officially a real JUMO lamp. It was patented in the USA by André Mounique as a “retractable office lamp”. Mounique was the main designer of the company.
The design of this lamp was protected until 1965. In the 1980s the first copies were assembled in Japan. In 2014, after having worked on prototypes for three years, the Parisian company New JUMO Concept took the lamp back into production. New steel press moulds were made for the Bakelite parts based on an original model. They named it Classique (Classic). Today (2022), the website is no longer online.
Several JUMO models are very sought after because of the attribution to certain designers of the 20th century. But all these attributions are wrong and fictional. Neither Charlotte Perriand, nor Eileen Gray have designed a lamp for the company. Historians are very clear about it.
Charlotte Perriand selected the model 600 by JUMO for the exhibition “Le Bazar” at the Musée des Arts decoratives (Museum of Decorative Arts ) of Paris in 1949. She never designed the lamp. No archives exists or even her biography does not mention this lamp.
The name Eileen Gray is associated with JUMO by many auction houses, but all her works are from before World War II. After the war she did not design anymore and led a reclusive life. No archive, documentation or biography shows the JUMO model 71 desk lamp in Gray’s work. Also, it is impossible to date it before 1950, considering the parts of the lamp.
The “JUMO Lucidus Bloc” retractable desk lamp is often attributed to the Hungarian sculptor Gustave Miklos, also in well known lamp books, and nicknamed “Bolide“. Bolide is the name of a bronze sculpture he made in 1924. The lamp has some similarities. According to his biography, he never designed a lamp.
Autrefois La Lumière
For a long time, there was an excellent detailed website about the JUMO lamps and other (industrial) German and French lamps, called Autrefois La Lumière (Formerly Light), made by Alix Jaltier. Unfortunately, the website no longer exists.
Links (external links open in a new window)
US patent for the retractable office lamp
Charlotte Perriand – Wikipedia
NewJUMOConcept website – archived
The Ninth Gate (1999) film – Wikipedia
The Ninth Gate (1999) film – IMDb
Au Service De La France (2015 – 2018) TV series – Wikipedia
Au Service De La France (2015- 2018) TV series – IMDb
Alexandra Ehle (2018 – ) TV series – Wikipedia
Alexandra Ehle (2018 – ) TV series – IMDb
Concord Lighting International
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