Bubble Glass Bedside Table Lamps
Materials: Rectangular wood (teak) base with a ring handle, made in a candlestick style. Rectangular white switch built-in the base. Clear crystal bubble glass conical tube lampshade. Chrome ring. Galvanised metal clamp (iron). Metal E14 socket.
Height: 21 cm / 8.26”
Base: 12, 5 x 7,2 cm / 4.92 x 2.83”
Total Length: 21 cm / 8.26”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
For this setup clear refrigerator bulbs were used.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appreased.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: These Bubble glass bedside table lamps exists with amber glass lampshades. Several different bases were made, whether or not in wood.
Often attributed to Helena Tynell, but these lamps are more or less copies of her design.
Similar lamps were also sold by Fischer Leuchten, IKEA, Brilliant Leuchten and a few others. Many companies made lamps with bubble glass in this style. New ones are made in China. In the 1980s Holzapfel & Hutter sold lamps with the same lampshade, but with a plastic rounded base.
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 commercialised 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 from other companies, To many to name them. Almost every company sold lamps made by others.