1980s Massive Art Deco Table Lamp
Materials: Curved chromed metal (iron) round base. Conical black painted rod. Some chrome and iron parts. Chrome mushroom style lampshade, painted white inside. Chrome ornamental nut on top. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Lampshade: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”
Base: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1980s, 1990s – Bauhaus, art deco style.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This 1980s Massive art deco table lamp exists in several variations, they were at least also made with a brown wooden conical rod. A floor lamp also exists. Massive made several other lamp in th is style, you can find another one over here.
IKEA sold a very similar table lamp and floor lamp with some slight differences. It appears in catalogues from 1993 until 1995. They named it Dakapo. The floor lamp only appears in the 1994 catalogue. For the moment it is unclear if this lamp was also produced by Massive.
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 commercialised 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.