Acrylic Ribbon Globe Swag Lamp
Materials: Light yellow coloured spun acrylic. Bakelite socket, aluminium socket holder.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
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: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Belgium – attributed.
Other versions: Made in many colours and sizes.
Produced by several companies around the world. Some are made like a plastic ribbon wrapped around a ball. Some are reminiscent of sprinkled sugar on a ball and others look like if there’s spaghetti thrown on a globe. Made in many varieties. A typical lamp from the Atomic Age.
The problem with these lamps is that nobody knows who made them. But there are differences. The sugar ball lamps are mostly produced in Europe. Massive and Rotaflex were the most important. Also IKEA sold similar lamps, but at that time they were only active in Scandinavia.
In Murano, Italy spaghetti lamps were made in crystal glass, off course. You can find an example over here.
In the United States most of them are spaghetti or ribbon lamps. Majestic, Lampcraft Industries and Heifetz, to name a few. Heifetz imported the British/French Rotaflex lamps.
Today (2019) Practical Props of North Hollywood, California sells new lamps in the United States. It is one of the many companies.
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 Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos of the lamp and the enthusiasm.