Black Helo Leuchten Desk Lamp
Materials: Round black painted curd brass ringed base with a built-in switch. Iron counterweight inside the base. Similar mushroom style brass lampshade. Curved brass rod. Some metal parts. White Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 38 cm / 14.96”
Lampshade: ∅ 31 cm / 12.20”
Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Helo Leuchten, Am Schwalbanger 48, 86633 Neuburg an der Donau, Germany.
Other versions: This Black Helo Leuchten desk lamp exists in several colours. Made in green, blue, brown, maroon, red and so on. Several comparable lamps were produced.
This desk lamp was a big succes for the company. It was made for a long time. Early versions from the 50s have a brass socket. This one is from the 60s.
Helo was founded in the 1930s by Henry Gerhard Senior as Elektrogeschäfts Helo in the city of Breslau, at that time a German city. Today it is a Polish city named Wroclaw.
He fled to Neuburg with his family in 1945 with only a flashlight and some pictures. The three shops were destroyed in a night of bombing. The Helo Leuchten company was registered after World War 2 in 1946 in Neuburg (Neuburg an der Donau). Helo is derived from Henry and his son Lothar.
From old war material such as brass and aluminium from the airfield, he begins with the production of work lamps, today we say industrial lighting.
The company grows fast and moves twice in a couple of years to the address of today.
The company Gebr. Kaiser & Co. Leuchten KG, Lichttechnische Spezialfabrik from Neheim-Hüsten acquires the rights to use the Helo brand and individual models, such as the “commissaire” lamp, the 6631 Luxus. Today (2020) produced by Fritz Hansen.
Lothar Gerhard, who took over the company after Henry Gerhard‘s death in 1964, sees himself forced to gradually abandon the factory and transform the company into the trading company it is today. Helo is now owned by Henry Gerhard Junior, his son and since 1980 it is a member of the Expert group.
A Helo Leuchten desk lamp was used as a prop in the 1958 Belgian film Het Geluk Komt Morgen (Happiness Comes Tomorrow). A story about a professor who accidentally discovers a remedy that takes away all tiredness and gives new life force. Starring Charles Janssens, Anni Anderson and Dora van der Groen.
Links and sources (external links open in a new window)
Helo Expert website
Neuburg an der Donau – Wikipedia
Website of the city Neuburg
Wrocław – Wikipedia
Derricks Schreibtischlampe kam aus Neuburg – article in the Augsburger Algemeine Newspaper
Derrick (TV series) – Wikipedia
Stan & Ollie film (2018) – Wikipedia
Stan & Ollie film (2018) – IMDb
Het geluk komt morgen (1958) – Wikipedia
Designretter – website about German lighting producers
Kaiser-Leuchten – Wikipedia