Aro Leuchte Multicoloured Discs Chandelier
Materials: 68 coloured plastic/acrylic discs. White lacquered metal frame. Bakelite 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: Made after a design by Gino Vistosi (1925-1980).
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 such as, among others Vistosi and AV Mazzega.
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-Leuchte GmbH was founded in 1969 as a family business. It ended business in 2006. Not much to be found about the company. The company made many copies of glass lamps, but they made them in plastic or acrylic.
They also produced many floor lamps. You can find several examples here on Vintageinfo.
Many lamps were designed by other companies in the 1950s and 1960s. Aro-Leuchte produced the plastic versions in the 1970s.
Today, the Aro-Leuchten website is offline. The url was www.aro-leuchten.de. Mister Matthias Arnold was the managing director. The company used both Aro-Leuchte as Aro-Leuchten on their labels. The website was also with the N.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite. It is a thermoplastic.