BEGA garden lamps Expo 58 Brussels
Materials: Orange-red painted iron mushroom lampshades, painted white inside. White painted iron rods. Orange-red painted base. 3 porcelain E27 sockets.
Height: 105 cm / 41.33”
Width: ∅ 80 cm / 31.49”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Heinrich Gantenbrink & BEGA Staff.
Manufacturer: BEGA Gantenbrink-Leuchten KG, Menden, Germany.
Other versions: These BEGA garden lamps Expo 58 were made with 1, 2 or 3 lamps. These floor/garden lamps are model 9559.
These lamps were not made for the Expo 58. They were designed a few years before and used over there, as with many things.
The BEGA company was founded in September 1945, at the end of the Second World War and started as a small business with 5 employees. BEGA received the “Medaille d’Or” at the international trade fair in Luxembourg in 1952. In 1958, BEGA construct the new multi-storey luminaire block with a few other companies at the largest industrial fair in the world in Hanover: an important and courageous step which finally leads to the “World Light Show“. The complete history of the BEGA company can be found on their website. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting.
Glashütte Limburg and BOOM are members of the Bega group.
BEGA garden lamps Expo 58 – 1950s catalogue
Canadian Pavilion Expo 58 Brussels