1970s Desk Lamp
Materials: Beige painted metal, black painted metal. Some 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 – Mid-Century modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised. Produced in Italy for several wholesalers.
In The Netherlands these lights 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 Belgium and some other countries it was Massive who sold them.
Other versions: Made in many different colours. A lot of different lamps were produced, all with the same base but with a different lampshade.
The electric parts are Italian and made by VLM Components from Buccanisco, near Milan. The company is famous for the switches they produced designed by Achille Castiglioni.
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.
White similar desk lamp, also on Vintageinfo