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Aro Leuchte Tripod Hairpin Floor Lamp

Materials: Tripod black painted iron hairpin legs. Yellow celluloid (Rhodoïd) honeycomb structure style lampshade. 2 Bakelite sockets

Height: 120 cm / 47.24”

Lampshade: ∅ 77 x 27 cm / 30.31 x 10.62”

Electricity: bulbs E27, 2 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: Aro-Leuchte(n) GmbHArnold Licht GmbH, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 5, 46325 Borken, Germany – attributed.

Other versions: Probably made in several sizes and as a table lamp.


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 Mister Matthias Arnold was the managing director. The company was specialized in lamps made of acrylic in stead of glass. You can find several examples on this website. 


The precursor of 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.

Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.