Aro Leuchte Convex Tubes Tripod Floor Lamp
Materials: 3 black painted curved iron rods base. Brass arrowhead style feet. Brass ornamental knob. Some plastic wrapped around the rods in the middle. Red folded plastic convex lampshades. 2 Bakelite E27 sockets.
Height: 155 cm / 61.02”
Lampshades: ∅ 17 x 51 cm / 6.69 x 20.07”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 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) GmbH, Arnold Licht GmbH, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 5, 46325 Borken, Germany.
Other versions: This Aro Leuchte convex tubes tripod floor lamp was in all probability produced in several colours.
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 www.aro-leuchten.de. 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. 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.
Another German company named Marbach Leuchten sold several lamps made by Aro Leuchte. They are labelled with their ME logo.
The lampshade is made of iron wire and red celluloid wrapped around it. Exactly the same material as the stretchable folded celluloid flower pot decoration that is for sale since the 1930s and it is still available today. The “manchette” or “cuff” plastic is stretchable thanks to the folds, and therefore fits perfectly.
Lamps with these type of lampshades are often attributed to the famous French designer Georges Léon Rispal. Rispal is famous for his original creations and biomorphic forms. For some lampshades he used similar materials. But it was the Danish Hoyrup who used it for the first time with their Pearlshade lamps, designed by Lars Eiler Schiøler.
The precursor of this cuff plastic was made of the very flammable celluloid or cellulose acetate (Rhodoïd). It was often used for lamps in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Rhodoïd is a French and English trade name. Other names used for cellulose acetate: Tenite, Zyl, Zylonite, Cellon. Acrylic (1930s) and PVC (1920s) were discovered before World War II, but was only widely used since the late 1950s.
Links (external links open in a new window)
Aro Leuchte lamps – Google Images
Manchettes flower pot – Google images
Clayrton’s – a producer of flower pot covers
Some other lamps in the folded/pleated cuff style on Vintageinfo
Italian 1950s ‘Rhodoïd’ floor lamp
Tripod hairpin rocket floor lamp