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Brown Acrylic Globes Pendant Lamp
Materials: 3 brown degrading acrylic globe lampshades. Black ornamental plastic screws. Folded brass plated metal slats. Brass plated tube and ring. Rolly rise & fall mechanism. Some metal parts. 3 Bakelite E27 sockets.
Cord: This one has an adjustable rise & fall mechanism (80 – 200 cm / 31.49 – 78.74”). It can be easily adjusted in height by pulling the chrome ring underneath.
Lampshades: ∅ 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: ∅ 55 cm / 21.65”
Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This brown acrylic globes pendant lamp exists also in chrome and with white lampshades. The lampshades were used for several other lamps.
Often said it is a lamp produced by the Dutch companies Dijkstra or Herda, it is not. The 2 companies also produced lamps with brown acrylic Harvey Guzzini-style lampshades, that’s all.
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.
1960s triple pendant chandelier
Geometric ceramics & chrome table lamp
Many thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.