1970s Desk Lamp
Materials: Beige painted metal round base and lampshade. Black painted metal flat rod. Some black plastic parts. Porcelain socket.
Lampshade: ∅ 11 cm / 4.33”
Height: 30 cm / 11.81”
Base: ∅ 12,7 cm / 5”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised. Produced for several resellers.
Other versions: Made in many different colours. A lot of different table/desk lamps were produced, all with the same base but with a different lampshade.
In The Netherlands these desk lamps were sold by Vrieland Design a company active in the 1970s and 1980s. Also Herda Verlichting BV from Amsterdam had these lamps in the assortment.
In Germany they were sold by Brilliant Leuchten, in Spain it was Fase.
Massive sold them in Belgium and some other European countries. This big company is in most likely the producer of these series of lamps.
The electric parts are Italian and were made by VLM Components from Buccanisco, near Milan. The company is famous for the switches they produced that were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
Herda Verlichting BV (Herda Lighting company) was a owned by the Dutch “brothers Daniels” family and was located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Founded in 1946 and declared bankrupt on June 24, 1997.
Herda had some top designers employed, including Willem van Oyen Sr. who is famous for his lamps he designed for the Raak company, also from Holland.
Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
Massive sold many lamps made by others. Peill + Putzler from Germany and Yamada Shomei from Japan produced lamps for Massive, to name a few. Many other lighting companies did.
White similar desk lamp, also on Vintageinfo