Aro Leuchte Multicoloured Discs Chandelier
Materials: 68 coloured acrylic plastic discs (red, blue, green, orange… White lacquered metal wire frame. Metal chain and canopy. 9 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Height: 90 cm / 11.81”
Width: ∅ 64 cm / 14.17”
Electricity: 9 bulbs E14, 9 x 40 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 multicoloured discs chandelier was made in many variations. It was made with more or less discs, and with bigger or smaller frames. Made in many colours and many designs. All made of acrylic. Also chandeliers with clear and frosted discs exists.
Inspired, to say the least, by the famous crystal glass discs chandeliers that were produced on the Venetian island Murano in Italy in the 50s, 60s and 70s by several companies, but the most were made by AV Mazzega, after a design by Carlo Nason.
In Germany you sometimes find these lamps with a sticker inside the canopy of Bartmann, Berlin. It is not a label, only a shop who sold lighting made by Aro Leuchte. The Bartmann company still exists.
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.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite. It is a thermoplastic.