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Chandeliers and Pendant Lamps

Lighting designed especially for hanging on the ceiling by a rod, chain, wire or cord. All vintage lighting from the 20th century. Biographies of the designers and histories of the companies. ID your vintage lamps!

Fog & Morup Pompeï Pendant Lamp

Fog & Morup Pompeï Pendant Lamp

Fog & Morup Pompeï Pendant Lamp - Catalogue Picture

Jo Hammerborg

Jo Hammerborg

Johannes (Jo) Hammerborg was born on 4 February 1920 in Denmark.
In 1957 he became head of design at Fog & Mørup. Hammerborg was a prolific designer, personally creating some 100 lamps for Fog & Mørup and also collaborated with other designers in adapting their designs. Jo retired in 1980, only a short time before both his own death in 1982 and the take-over of the company.

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Fog & Morup Pompeï Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Hand blown crystal glass, white on the inside, olive green on the outside (incamiciato). Some metal parts. Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’

Height: 32 cm / 12.59”

Width: ∅ 22 cm / 8’66”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used. For this lamp preferable an opaque/white or frosted bulb.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Jo Hammerborg (1920-1982).

Manufacturer: Fog & Mørup A/S and Holmegaard, Denmark.

Other versions: Made in many colours, one size.

Incamiciato: Overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass. It’s an Italian word, because the technique was invented on the Murano Island of Venice.

This Pompeï pendant lamp was designed by Jo Hammerborg in 1963 for Fog & Mørup. Holmegaard, another Danish company, produced the glass for these lamps.

Fog & Morup Pompeï Olive Green Pendant Light - label

Fog & Morup Pompeï Olive Green Pendant Light - Holmegaard label & F&M label

Fog & Mørup

Ansgar Fog (1880-1930) and Erik Mørup (1879-1972) started their business together in 1904 as a metalwork wholesaler. Two years later they moved to the capital Copenhagen and began to focus on lighting production and over the years taking over several electrical and lighting companies. It was only in the early 1960s that Fog & Mørup really emerged as a key force in lighting design, following the company’s appointment in 1957 of Jo Hammerborg as head of design.

Important designers and architects that worked for the company are: Claus Bonderup, Torsten Thorup, Sidse Werner. Sophus Frandsen, Jørgen Bo, E.  Balslev, Peter Avondoglio,. Karen Clemmensen, Ebbe Clemmensen, Hans Due and off course Jo Hammerborg himself.

In the late 1970s Fog & Mørup merged with Lyfa, another leading Danish lighting producer. In 1980 Jo Hammerborg retired. A few years later Lyfa-Fog & Mørup was taken over by Lyskær. The name changed in Lyskaer-Lyfa.

Horn Belysning A/S

Lyskaer-Lyfa produced lights until 1991, when it was incorporated into Horn Belysning A/S from Aalstrup, also in Denmark, which was itself taken over in 2005 by Nordlux from Ålborg and at a large extent dismantled.

Horn Belysning A/S was founded in 1952 as a family business and first named E.S. Horn. In 1963 it changed into Horn Belysning – Horn Lighting.

Horn Belysning produced lights for IKEA and several European retail chains. They designed lights but also imported lights from China. In the 1980s Horn Belysning was the second biggest light company in Denmark.

In 2005 the name changed into Lightyears, today owned by Republic of Fritz Hansen.

AV Mazzega Ice Block Chandelier

AV Mazzega Contemporary Lighting at Euroluce 2013 –
Andrea Mazzega
talks about the history of the company.

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AV Mazzega Ice Block Chandelier

 

Materials: Metal (iron) chrome frame and 9 amber and clear crystal glass hand blown Murano ‘ice’ blocks. Bakelite sockets. Chromed iron chain.

Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 46 cm / 18.11”

Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. But clear light bulbs gives the best result with this type of chandeliers.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised. 

Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano, Italy.

Other versions: Also made as ceiling lamp, wall lamp and floor lamp. Bigger and smaller versions were also produced. Similar chandeliers, models Sierra and Fuego, were produced by AV Mazzega for J.T. Kalmar KG, Franken KG from Austria.

AV Mazzega

AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps, maybe this one.

Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000.

Carlo Nason

Born in Murano in 1935 he grew up in one of the oldest families of Murano glass makers where experts introduced him to the most refined techniques. He quickly started to collaborate with other glass workshops, with special attention for modern design and achieving a combination of technique and craftsmanship which characterizes all his projects.

Carlo has always shown an attitude for innovation without loosing his tradition.

He has chosen AV Mazzega most of all in the 70s and 80s to develop all the collection, that today is an icon of vintage: the creation of the highest quality at the level of its design.

  Photo of the old factory on the Murano island, taken in October 2014

AV Mazzega Ice Block Chandelier - AV Mazzega old factory

Ice block lamps (Sierra) made by AV Mazzega for the famous Austrian company Kalmar Franken

AV Mazzega Ice Block Chandelier - Kalmar Sierra lamps made by AV Mazzega

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Pendant Lamp

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Brass burned on the edges. Brass chain, Bakelite socket.

Chain Length: 80 cm / 31.49’’

Height: 25 cm / 9.84”

Width: ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Brutalist, Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Svend Aage Holm Sørensen (1913 – 2004).

Manufacturer: Holm-Sorensen & Pedersen Belysning ApS – Holm-Sorensen & Co. AS, Denmark.

Other versions: Svend Aage Holm Sørensen designed many lights in this style as you can see below.

Brutalist pendant lamp designed by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen in the 1960s for Holm-Sorensen & Co. AS, Denmark, model 6436.

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen was a Danish designer who created lights for Fog & Mørup in the 1950s. He founded his company Holm Sørensen & Co in the mid 1950s. The production started with desk lights, but Svend invented his own special type of brass. He used it to create very sculptural light up through the 1960s. The metal was often burned and cut with rustic edges and surfaces. This pendant light is a beautiful example. Several lamps made by Holm-Sorensen & Pedersen Belysning ApS are on display here on Vintageinfo. You can find them over here.

Another lamp by Svend Aage on this website: Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Pendant Lamp.

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Other examples of brass lamps designed by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Pendant Lamp - Holm Sørensen & Co Pendant Lamp 6404

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Pendant Lamp

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Pendant Lamp - Artichoke pendant lamp

Svend Aage Holm Sørensen Pendant Lamp - Flower Wall Lamp

Peill + Putzler White Clouds Pendant Lamp

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Peill + Putzler White Clouds Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: White and clear mottled hand blown crystal glass. Chromed metal (iron). Metal or Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49”

Height: 36 cm / 14.17”

Width: ∅ 40 cm / 15.74”

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. But, a white, opaque or frosted one gives the most beautiful result.

Period: 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Peill + Putzler, Düren, Germany.

Other versions: Made in several colours en designs.

Often attributed to AV Mazzega or another Murano glass maker, but it is not. However, AV Mazzega produced lamps with the same type of glass.
This lamp has al the parts from Peill + Putzler. The metal on top was used for many lamps. It was amongst others used for the Futura pendant lamp.

Peill + Putzler

Glashüttenwerk Peill und Sohn was founded in 1903 in Düren, a small town in (West) Germany. Peill und Sohn merged with Putzler (founded in 1869) in 1947 as a glass works and lighting company and became Peill + Putzler Glashüttenwerke.

The company always worked with important designers such as Wilhelm WagenfeldWilliam BrownHelmut DemaryAloys Ferdinand GangkofnerHorst Tüselmann and many others.

In the 1950s 1500 people were working for the company. They also produced glass for other light companies in Europe, such as Raak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Massive from Belgium.

In 1995 the production of glass and lamps moved to SloveniaPoland and the Czech Republic. Only the trading of lamps en glass stayed in Düren.  1 year after the 100st anniversary in 2004, bankruptcy was filed.

In 2007 the name Peill + Putzler was re-used for a while for the Wagenfeld lightingof the German lighting company of Paul Neuhaus.

Today the Peill & Putzler factory is named Glashütte Düren and is converted to many other businesses and conference center.

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

Nickel-Plated Branches Square Chandelier

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Nickel-Plated Branches Square Chandelier

 

Materials: Nickel-plated or chromed metal. Chromed metal sockets.

Chain Length: 150 cm / 59.05”

Height: 25 cm / 9.84”

Width: 60 x 60 cm / 23.62”

Electricity: 8 bulbs E14, 8 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup several different bulbs were used.

Period: 1990s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: Unknown.

Probably produced in the 1990s, maybe 1980s. No labels, no markings, nothing. Very strange for a “recent” chandelier, because labeling is mandatory for a long while.

It has a very long chain and it is very heavy. In all probability made of iron.

Got an idea? Please let us known!

Nickel-Plated Branches Square Chandelier

1960s Trumpets Pendant Lamp

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1960s Trumpets Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Brushed aluminium lampshades, white painted inside. Stainless steel tubes on top. Chromed brass tubes for the wiring. Chromed iron canopy. Some plastic parts. White painted Bakelite sockets.

Total Height: 110 cm / 43.30”

Lampshades: ∅ 25 cm / 9.84”

Width: ∅ +- 55 cm / 21.65”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: At least also made as a single pendant.

Massive

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 MassiveTRIO and Lirio Leuchten. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

The Massive company was always a synonym for mass production, low quality and low prices. Despite the fact that they produced mostly low-cost lamps, occasionally there are still beautiful lamps in their collection and not all of them were cheap.  

Diabolo Pendant Lamps

Diabolo Pendant Lamps

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Diabolo Pendant Lamps

 

Materials: Steel wire and folded cotton, Bakelite sockets.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 45 cm / 17.71”

Width Bottom: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”

Width Top: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: An unknown German company.

Other versions: Unknown, but probably they exist as this one has the number 2715 B on the paper label. There should also be a 2715 A.

Folded “plissee” cuff fabric was made famous by French light-designer Georges Léon Rispal. But the origin is to be found much earlier. For instance, flower pot decorations in the 1930s were similar, but were made from celluloid (Rhodoïd). Today made in plastic. 

German diabolo ceiling lamp made of steel wire and cotton in the style of the lamps designed by the French designers Le CorbusierPierre Guariche, René Mathieu…

Lamps in this type of fabric are often attributed to Rispal, but in fact every lamp producer made them because they were immense popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Most of these lamps are made in celluloid (rhodoïd), some type of plastic.

These 4 big lamps came out of the attic of a lighting shop near Bruges, Belgium and were never used. Made in Germany, as you can see on the label that’s still hanging inside these lamps.

Diabolo Pendant Lights

Roger Tallon ERCO Halogen Spots

Hommage to Roger Tallon on Youtube

Roger Tallon – 60 years design – Franceinfo – 2 hours documentary on Youtube

Roger Tallon Erco Spots - Halogen - Osram Halospot 48

Roger Tallon Erco Spots ''Micro''

Roger Tallon 9 Erco Spots toghether on a rail.

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Roger Tallon ERCO Halogen Spots
pin-spot track lighting system

 

Materials: Metal, plastic and aluminium, painted black. White metal base.

Total height: 27 cm / 10.62”

Height: 17 cm / 6.69”

Width: ∅ 7 cm / 2.75”

Electricity: A 1 QR48 Halogen, 20 watt – 12 volt can be used. Preferably a Halospot 48, made by Osram. Other 12 volt halogen lamps can be used. Works with a transformer build inside: 220 volt to 12 volt. Does not work on 110 volt. 

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Roger Tallon (1929-2011) – father of the industrial design.

Manufacturer: ERCO GmbH, Lüdenscheid, Germany.

Other versions: Lamps on rail, floor lamps, table lamps, different models. Also made in white. These lamps are intended for rail. The white base can be used for any ERCO spotlight for rail.

Roger Tallon

Designed in 1977 by the famous French industrial designer Roger Tallon, Born in Paris, 9 March 1929, died in Paris, 20 October 2011.  He created a large amount of beautiful things, the most original watches for LIP, staircases, furniture and off course the TGV, “Train à Grande Vitesse”, the high-speed train for Europe.

Roger Tallon worked for many companies, among others: Caterpillar France, DuPont, Technés, General Electric, LIP, Air France, Bata, Peugeot, Fenwick, Kodak, Salomon Group, Fluocaril, Elf, Terraillon, ERCO and so on.

ERCO

ERCO was founded in 1934 by Arnold Reininger (1907-2003), Karl Reeber and Paul Buschhaus in Lüdenscheid, Germany. The company name ERCO represents a phonetic abbreviation of the founding name “Reininghaus & Co.“.

The company is still in family ownership. During the early years, ERCO produced parts for lamps. In particular a spring-supported retracting mechanism for hanging lights.

In the 1930s the industrial production of complete luminaires was started. After the Second World War Arnold Reininger and Karl Reeber continued the company, co-founder Paul Buschhaus had died in the war.

Famous designers that worked for the ERCO company are Alois Ferdinand GangkofnerRoger TallonEttore SottsassEmilio AmbaszShiro KuramataGiancarlo PirettiDieter Witte Yves Béhar, Knud HolscherFranco ClivioNaoto Fukasawa and many others.

The company was awarded many times thanks to these great artists and the vision of the ERCO company. ERCO received 88 iF Design Awards

Erco Spots on Vintageinfo

iF Design award 1977 Erco 33 720, 33 723

Other lamps designed by Roger Tallon on Vintageinfo click here.

Roger Tallon Erco Spots ''Micro'' Floor piece

Roger Tallon Erco Halogen Spots - Metal floor piece felt

Gaetano Sciolari Geometric Chrome Chandelier

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.

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Gaetano Sciolari Geometric Chrome Chandelier 

 

Materials: Completely made of chromed metal (iron and brass) and clear crystal glass diffusers. 6 Bakelite sockets.

Rod Length: 66 cm / 25.98”

Height: 48 cm / 18.89”

Width: ∅ 54 cm / 21.25”

Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994).

Manufacturer: Sciolari, Milan and Rome, Italy.

Other versions: Made in many variations: more or less lamps, on a chain, completely in brass, and so on. Also made as wall lamps and a floor lamp. Made with different glass parts and also made in square, cubic versions.

Angelo Gaetano Sciolari

Angelo Sciolari graduated with a degree in architecture but wanted to be a filmmaker. This course came to an abrupt end when in 1949 his father suddenly died and he took over the Sciolari Lighting company at the age of 22.

His first designs in the 1950s were Sputnik inspired pendants; off course it was the space age.

In the 1960s he created refined, futuristic and sharp classical style chandeliers. Lines were clean and sculptural and materials such as crystal and ice glass sparkled with a voluptuously luxurious coolness and he started combining brass with chrome.

He led the family business with a passionate vision and within years, he expanded the business and started working with other light companies worldwide.

Gaetano Sciolari created lights for Stilnovo and Stilkronen (Italy), Lightolier andProgress Lighting (USA), S.A. Boulanger (Belgium), Helestra and Leola (West Germany), Lyfa (Denmark) and some other companies and off course for his own Italian family business; the Sciolari company in Rome and Milan; where all the lighting business at that time was present.

Sciolari was the founder and the first president of the trade association of Italian manufacturers of lighting fixtures, the AIDI. The Associazione Italiana di Illuminazione was founded in 1958 and still exists today.

Angelo Gaetano Sciolari (1927-1994)

Sciolari logo

1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier

La Fôret

A single pendant was used as a prop in the 2017 TV-series La Fôret (The Forrest). La Forêt is a French/Belgium crime series that was shown on La Une and Canvas (Belgium) and on France 3 (France). The story goes about a sixteen-year-old girl that disappears from her village in the Ardennes and the investigation about it.

La Fôret TV Series - Massive Lighting Pendant Lamp - 1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

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1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier

 

Materials: Clear molded glass, on top painted red. Chromed metal (iron). Bakelite sockets.

Rod Length: 60 cm / 23.62”

Height: 25 cm / 9.84”

Width: ∅ 66 cm / 25.98”

Electricity: 6 bulbs E27, 6 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: Different colours, different models: white, green, orange… Exists as a single pendant lamp, 3, 5 ,6 and more together, several lights on a rail, together as a chandelier, 6, 8, 12 lights, wall lamp… they were a huge success.

In some countries these lamps were sold as Space Star lamps.

Massive

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 MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

The Massive company was always a synonym for mass production, low quality and low prices. Despite the fact that they produced mostly low-cost lamps, occasionally there are still beautiful lamps in their collection and not all of them were cheap.  

Raak

These type of lamps are often sold as lamps from Raak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, but they are not, of course. These lamps are not described in any catalogue of the Raak company and Raak lamps are always labeled. Sometimes a label disappears, but not always.

Not everyone is aware that these lamps are not made by Raak, on the contrary. Most of the time people attribute lamps to what they find on the internet. Hopefully it will change in time.

Massive lamps that are often sold as Raak

1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier - Green version

1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier - Massive Lighting Pendant Lamp

1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier - Clear glass version

1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier - Orange Wall Lamp

1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier - Massive Lighting Chrome Pendant Chandelier

1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier - Orange Pendant Lamp

UFO Pendant Lamp – Always sold as a lamp designed by Luigi Colani (without mentioning the producer). More info about this famous Massive pendant lamp on Vintageinfo, click here.

1960s Red Glass & Chrome Chandelier - Luigi Colani UFO Pendant Lamp

AV Mazzega Amber And Clear Glass Pendant Lamp

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AV Mazzega Amber And Clear Glass Pendant Lamp 

 

Materials: Metal (iron) chromed frame. Brass rod, canopy and some parts. 2 crystal hand blown embossed Murano glass plates. The glass plates are amber/dark orange and transparent coloured.

Rod Length: 40 cm / 15.74”

Height: 24 cm / 9.44”

Width: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”

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: Carlo Nason.

Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano, Italy.

Other versions: Produced in several colours and in a complete clear version. Also made as a table lamp and wall lamp.

AV Mazzega

AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps, maybe this one.

Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000.

Carlo Nason

Born in Murano in 1935 he grew up in one of the oldest families of Murano glass makers where experts introduced him to the most refined techniques. He quickly started to collaborate with other glass workshops, with special attention for modern design and achieving a combination of technique and craftsmanship which characterizes all his projects.

Carlo has always shown an attitude for innovation without loosing his tradition.

He has chosen AV Mazzega most of all in the 70s and 80s to develop all the collection, that today is an icon of vintage: the creation of the highest quality at the level of its design.

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

Hans-Agne Jakobsson Brass & Smoked Globes Chandelier

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Hans-Agne Jakobsson Brass & Smoked Globes Chandelier

 

Materials: Polished brass. 12 grey/brown smoked crystal glass globes. Metal sockets.

Rod Length: 50 cm / 31.49’’

Height: 30 cm / 11.81”

Width: ∅ 60 cm / 27.55”

Electricity: 12 bulbs E14, 12 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Hans-Agne Jakobsson (1919 – 2009).

Manufacturer: Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB, Markaryd, Sweden.

Other versions: Made in countless versions. The company produced a large amount of different brass chandeliers, starting from the late 1950s. Some of them have names such as Patricia and Royal.

Hans-Agne Jakobsson

Hans-Agne Jakobsson was a Swedish interior and furniture designer, born in Hvadhem on Gotland, Sweden in 1919. Jakobsson became a cabinetmaker at the age of 18 and later he graduated as an architect in Göteborg. He began as an assistant to Carl Malmsten and Werner West.

After his graduation HansAgne Jakobsson started as an industrial designer at General Motors.

In 1951 he founded his own lighting company Hans-Agne Jakobsson AB in Markaryd. He also designed lamps for his 2 other companies: AB Ellysett, also in Markaryd. Lamps completely made of pine wood; it was his first step in the lighting business and his biggest success. SCAN-LIGHT was the third company. SCAN-LIGHT was for the lamps that were mostly made of plastic. It was also located in the same town.

Hans-Agne Jakobsson also had a company in The Netherlands: SveraHans-Agne Jakobsson Nederland N.V. Also Koninklijke Philips N.V. from The Netherlands had some lamps by Jakobsson in their catalogue, such as this this wall lamp.

Hans-Agne Jakobsson died in 2009 at the age of 90. His closest family are his wife Lisa and their children, Karin and Ola.

Markaryd is an urban area in Sweden with some 4000 inhabitants (2016).

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

Stracciatella Murano Bell Pendant Lamp

1990s until today

In the 1990’s, the great-grandson of the founder, Thomas Calice, shifted the company’s focus to international lighting projects. He phased out Kalmar’s own product lines and concentrated the company’s resources on the production of decorative, functional and technical lighting installations. The company has expanded in this specialized area and now produces prestigious custom designed and manufactured lighting installations throughout the world.

Lighting Installations

In recent years Kalmar has produced major lighting installations for government buildings and palaces, museums, theaters, hotels and cruise ships. These projects include the Presidential Palace of the Kremlin. The State Tretjakov Gallery in Moscow, the new Shanghai Grand Theater. Hotels including the Ritz Carlton in Berlin, Doha and Osaka. The Grand Hyatt in Dubai, the W-Hotel in Doha. Shangri-la hotels in Abu Dhabi, Beijing and Suzhou. The Hilton in Adelaide, Bahrain, Bangkok, London and Seoul and the Sheraton in Cairo, Frankfurt and Stockholm. As well as cruise ships such as Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager, Freedom and Genesis class ships and the Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary 2 and MS Queen Victoria. In addition to the Dubai and Jeddah Airports, the Burj Tower and the Qatar Education City Convention Center.

*In collaboration with Jonathan Browning Inc., a producer of highest quality lighting for interior designers and architecture firms, Kalmar Werkstätten, a sub brand of Kalmar, is currently offering reproductions of a series of seven historic designs based on Kalmar drawings to some of their American clients. Their distinct, simple elegance clearly evokes the essence and spirit of the Austrian Werkbund. Kalmar will also be marketing these designs in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In addition, United Designers Ltd, an award winning, multidisciplinary consultancy based in London has adapted a selection of Kalmar designs for marketing in 2009. In march 2016 United Designers Ltd was dissolved after 22 years. Last accounts were made up to 31 March 2011.

AV Mazzega

AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps, maybe this one.

Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000.

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

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Stracciatella Murano Bell Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Murano hand blown crystal glass. The glass is white and brown striped as stracciatella ice cream. Brass parts, steel wire, brass canopy. Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49” – adjustable

Height: 38 cm / 15,75”

Width: ∅ 33 cm / 20.07”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Kalmar Franken KG, Vienna, Austria. (attributed)

Other versions: Made in multiple variations.

This pendant lamp has the remnants of an old generic Murano label inside the canopy, used by many companies in Venice during the 1950s and 1960s.

Attributed to Kalmar Franken, but probably sold by the maker of these lamps that Kalmar ordered in Murano. A label of Kalmar is missing, but every part of this lamp has exactly the same parts as the Kalmar lamps. All the glass for the Kalmar lamps originates from Murano. Many lamps were made by AV Mazzega, maybe also this one. 

Kalmar Franken KG

Founded in Vienna by Julius August Kalmar in the 1880s, Kalmar first specialized in the production of hand crafted objects of cast bronze. The company soon established its practice of closely collaborating with prominent architects to create chandeliers and other cast bronze objects in Austria, Europe and the United States. Before long it was presenting custom-made wares at international exhibitions such as the 1888 Vienna Trade Exposition (Gewerbeausstellung Wien). The 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. The 1901 Export Exposition Scandinavia and the 1906 Austrian Exhibition in Earl’s Court, London.

Julius Theodor Kalmar

After the turn of the century, Julius Theodor Kalmar, son of the original founder, studied under the renowned Austrian architect and designer Josef Hoffmann at the Vienna School of Applied Arts and the Birmingham School of Art and Design. Inspired by Josef Hoffmann and the arts and crafts movement of the era, Julius pushed the company in a new direction away from the eclectic style of the late 19th century. And in 1925 Kalmar designs began selling in Haus und Garten, an avant-garde shop for home furnishings founded by architects and designers Josef Frank and Oskar Wlach. The shop was to become a main venue of modern Austrian interior and lighting design. It has a trademark in the promotion of Viennese design abroad.

By 1931, Kalmar was concerned solely with designing and manufacturing high quality lamps and fixtures in cooperation with the architects of the Austrian Werkbund, an association of artists, craftsmen, architects and manufacturers founded in 1912. Their purpose was the promotion of a high regard for material, form and function in the hand crafted as well as industrial production of fine art and applied arts. They sought modernity by combining classical tradition and contemporary innovation. Recognized as a typically Viennese style by the 1930s, this “moderate modernity” integrated the ornament-stripped purism of Adolf Loos with more traditional elements.

Julius Theodor Kalmar saw lighting fixtures as “quite humble things, which fit in and serve their purpose of functionally illuminating living spaces without glare — and that is what it all comes down to, as far as lamps are concerned as well as in all aspects of life: fitting in with the given framework and with the overall concept.”

Designers

Thanks to the younger Kalmar’s involvement and personal acquaintance with the leading European architects of the day, the name Kalmar became associated with high quality modern design. The company flourished, producing light fittings for prominent Austrian architects and designers including Frank and Wlach. As well as Oskar Strnad, Clemens Holzmeister, Oswald Haerdtl, Ernst Plischke, and others. As the company grew, the size and scope of its contracts increased. And soon it was producing chandeliers and major installations for clients such as the Vienna Opera, the Burgtheater, the new theaters in Linz and Salzburg and the Vienna stock exchange.

During the 1960s and 70s, Kalmar became increasingly involved in the production of decorative glass objects. Initially designed for the retail market, the company’s mouth-blown and molded relief glass elements offered vast decorating possibilities in large or small areas.

As a result, the demand for Kalmar installations grew steadily. The company became more widely known among international design and architecture professionals.

1950s Billiard Pendant Lamps

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1950s Billiard Pendant Lamps

 

Materials: Gold painted aluminium perforated lampshades, white painted inside. Brass chain. Small brass rod inside. Switch on top. Bakelite sockets.

Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62”

Height: 30 cm / 11.81”

Width: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”

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: To be appraised.

Other versions: Unknown, probably only made in this version. When they appear from time to time, they are all in the same gold coloured painting and with a chain.

Often for sale as Scandinavian pendant lamps but there is no proof for it. Other billiard lamps on display here on Vintageinfo were made in Germany in the 1960s, today produced in The Netherlands.

1950s Billiard Pendant Lamps - Switch on top

1950s Billiard Pendant Lamps - White painted inside

Val Saint Lambert Crystal Faceted Globe Pendant Lamp

Val Saint Lambert Crystal Faceted Globe Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Chromed metal (iron). 2 half globes made of crystal molded glass. Bakelite socket.

Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62”

Height: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Width:  20 m / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulbs E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Val Saint Lambert produced the glass parts for this lamp.

Massive 

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 MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

Val Saint Lambert

Val Saint Lambert is a crystal and glass factory in the Belgian city of Seraing, southwest of Liège, which produces decorative glass, glass and crystal arts and crafts. The factory is located in the abbey of Val Saint Lambert, the former Cistercian abbey of Saint Lambert. In 1826 the founders of the crystal factory settled in the favorable site, due to the large buildings available, the proximity of coal and the possibility of transport across the river Meuse. Today Val-Saint-Lambert is present in more than forty countries. One can visit the factory and see glass blowers at work.

Val Saint Lambert or Val St. Lambert was founded by chemist François Kemlin and polytechnic (Master of Science in Engineering) Auguste Lelièvre in 1826. François Kemlin had previously worked for the Vonêche crystal works in the Ardennes, also in Belgium. Val Saint Lambert is well known for its Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass pieces.

The earliest design of this chandelier dates back from the 1950s, when the Soviets launched their Sputnik 1 satellite into orbit (1957): the space age has begun. 

Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Val Saint Lambert craftsmen at work

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

Raak Chrysaline Pendant Lamp

George Nelson Bubble lamps

George Nelson Bubbles

The company that specialized in these lamps was Cocoon-Leuchten International ( Goldkant-Leuchten) from Germany.

The Raak lamp is made in the same period many other companies started using this kind of material in lighting. This lamp appears for the first time in a catalogue in 1962.

One of the most famous lamps is the “Gatto” table lamp designed by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1960. The Gatto is still for sale in design shops. More info on the Flos website. (external links open in a new window)

In the late 1950s Arturo Eisenkeil brought the technique to Italy and together with Dino Gavina, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Sergio Biliotti, Carlo and Tobia Scarpa, Ignazio Gardella, to name the most important designers, the Flos company was born.  The first cocoon lights were named: GattoTaraxacum and Viscontea by the Castiglioni brothers and Fantasma by Tobia Scarpa.

IKEA sold a similar lamp, as you can see in the catalogue from 1966.

IKEA Catalogue 1966

The Raak Chrysaline pendant lamp or a similar lamp by Goldkant Leuchten was used as a prop in the 1974 Anglo-German espionage thriller film The Odessa File. An adaptation of the novel The Odessa File by Frederick ForsythThe film is set in 1963. The film stars Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell and Maria Schell.

Raak Chrysaline Pendant Lamp - The Odessa File (1974)

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Raak Chrysaline Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Metal (iron) frame and plastic “Cocoon”, Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 65 cm  / 25.59”

Height: 45 cm / 17.71”

Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.71”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 150 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, preferably a white/opaque bulb.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Raak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Other versions: Also made in a smaller version of 35 cm / 13.77”, The B-1058 model.

A strange thing is that the B-1057 label also is used for another Raak pendant lamp, as you can see over here on Vintageinfo.

Many people think these lamps are made of pig’s bladder. They are not, of course. 

Goldkant Leuchten

In all probability Goldkant-Leuchten, Friedel Wauer GmbH & Co KG from Germany produced this lamp for Raak. Friedel Wauer who is credited by Flos for devising the technology of spraying the material onto iron frames, was inspired by the “self-wrapping” of a silkworm, hence the naming “cocoon”.

The first one who used this kind of material is George Nelson in 1947 for his Bubble Hanging Lights. The technique was been developed for mothballing naval ships. George Nelson referred to these lights as “one of those happy accidents which occur all too infrequently in the designer’s experience”.

Raak Amsterdam

The Dutch company “Raak Amsterdam” was founded in 1954 by Carel O.Lockhorn (18 June 1923 – 6 October 2004), a previous employee of Philips Lighting Eindhoven. Raak, which means “to hit” in Dutch, implies design which precisely “hits the nail on the head”.

Raak is best known for their organic modern design of the 1960s and 1970s which combined glass & metals for a sophisticated futuristic style.

The light company collaborated with several international designers and architects, including Bertrand BalasEvert Jelle JellesFrank LigtelijnGer VosJan Jasper FayerLi HeloMaija-Liisa KomulainenNan PlatvoetNanny Still-MackinneyNico KooiSergio AstiTapio WirkalaWillem van Oyen and many others.

Raak Amsterdam also collaborated with other companies. They worked with the German Peill & Putzler for the Raak Globe lamps. Peill & Putzler produced the glass.

They also sold lamps made by Peill & Putzler, such as a pendant lamp designed by Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner. For the Raak Discus the glass was made by Bega, also a German company. For the Night Club and Stalactites lamps a cooperation with the Belgian Val Saint Lambert was undertaken in the late 1950s.

Carel Lockhorn sold the company in 1974 to ITT but remained a director until 1977. In 1980 Raak merged with BIS Lighting from Aalsmeer, also in The Netherlands and was renamed into BisRaak. In 1986 the Raak company became independent again. The company got a business appearance and only the colors white, black and gray were still processed.

In 1999, Raak merged with Artilite B.V. and Indoor B.V. and became CLACentrum voor Lichtarchitectuur B.V. in Drachten (Center for Light Architecture). The Center for Lighting Architecture was founded by Egbert Keen. The company was declared bankrupt on 19-05-2011.

Raak Chrysaline Pendant Lamp

Dutch text from the Raak catalogue in 1962:

Zwevende ballonnen …. chrysaline

Chrysaline, een modern soepel materiaal met een warm en levend karakter. Dooraderd met nietige nerven als het blad van plataan en populier. Gevoelig van structuur, maar ongevoelig voor vele invloeden van buitenaf:
onbreekbaar, afwasbaar, sterk en elastisch.
Chrysaline verliest echter wel zijn blanke pracht onder invloed van teveel tabaksrook!
Daarom zijn deze ballonnen (alleen of in trossen) bij uitstek geschikt voor gebruik in slaapkamers, kinderkamers, trapportalen en hoge vestibules.

B-1057 45 cm. voor lamp 150W  – 45 gulden
B-1058 35 cm. voor lamp 100W – 45 gulden

Translated text from the original catalogue:

Floating balloons …. chrysaline


Chrysaline, a modern flexible material with a warm and lively character. Veined with tiny veins like the leaf of the plane tree and the cottonwood. Delicate in texture, but resistant to many external influences:
unbreakable, washable, strong and elastic.
Chrysaline loses its white splendor under the influence of too much tobacco smoke!
Therefore, these balloons (alone or in bunches) are ideal for use in bedrooms, children’s rooms, staircases and high vestibules.

B-1057 45 cm. Lamp for 150W 45 guilders
B-1058 35 cm. Lamp for 100W 45 guilders

Raak Chrysaline Pendant Lamp B-1057 in the Raak catalogue 5 from 1962

Picture taken from L’ Art Ménager, edition 1963 – Paul Breton – published by Flammarion, Paris, France. Website: Editions Flammarion – This exellent book is off course no longer available but with a little luck you can find it for a nice price on the electronic highway.

Raak Chrysaline Pendant Lamp - L' Art Menager 1963 - Editions Flammarion - Paul Breton

AV Mazzega Murano Glass Globe Pendant Lamp

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AV Mazzega Murano Glass Globe Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Metal chromed frame (iron). Yellow, green, amber and clear crystal hand blown Murano glass. Bakelite socket.

Chain Length: 80 cm / 31.49”

Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano, Italy – attributed.

Other versions: All these lamps were hand blown and therefore all unique with a little difference in size and colours.

AV Mazzega

AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps.

Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000.

Designers that worked for AV Mazzega – Mazzega 1946 are among others: Carlo NasonChristophe Pillet, Michele De Lucchi, Giovanni Barbato, Paolo Piva, Sam Baron, Gasmi Chafik, Oriano Favaretto and Riccardo Giovanetti.

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.

1950s Scandinavian Ribbed Glass Pendant Lamp

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1950s Scandinavian Ribbed Glass Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Opaque milky ribbed oval glass. Black metal ring. Pine wood on top of the lampshade. Pine wood round canopy. Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”

Height: 15 cm / 5.90”

Width:  35 cm / 13.77”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 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: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

These pendant lamps and the chandeliers of this type of lamps are most of the time attributed to Louis Kalff from Philips. Philips produced comparable lamps as so many companies did at that time. The Philips lamps have smaller ribs on the lampshade and no metal ring. The wood is teak, rosewood or some other exotic wood. Also often sold as a lamp from Denmark.

Massive 

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 MassiveTRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

Esperia Marbled Purple Glass Chandelier

Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.

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Esperia Marbled Purple Glass Chandelier

 

Materials: Metal chromed frame (iron) and 6 purple marbled and clear crystal hand-blown glass mushroom shaped diffusers. Bakelite sockets.

Rod Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 42 cm / 16.53”

Width: ∅ 51 cm / 20.07”

Glass Height: 30 cm / 11.81”

Glass Width: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”

Electricity: 6 bulbs E14, 6 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Angelo Brotto (1914 – 2002).

Manufacturer: Esperia, Via Campania, 1D, 53036 Poggibonsi, Italy.

Other versions: This type of glass was used for many lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, wall lamps, flush mounts…

Angelo Brotto

Born in Venice, Italy in 1914, died in Campiglia Marittima, Italy in 2002. Angelo Brotto graduated on the art school of Venice in 1939 and already at that time he participated with his works in different exhibitions.

Brotto graduated in 1941 on the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice distinguished himself by winning all competitions. He won many prizes for his outstanding works in the years that follow.

In Italy his works have been acquired by the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and Venice, by the Rivoltella Museum in Trieste, by the Venice Biennale, by the Ministry of National Education, by the Confederazione italiana professionisti ed artisti and by private galleries around the world.

Esperia

The Esperia company was founded in 1952, with the aim of producing chandeliers, table lamps, wall lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lights, wall light panels and furniture. Esperia is famous for the Quasar lamp from the 60s and 70s, designed by the Venetian designer/professor Angelo Brotto. Brotto designed many beautiful lamps for Esperia in that period. The Esperia company still exists and they produce very beautiful lighting.

Other Marbled Glass Artists

Murano glass artist Carlo Moretti used the marbled glass technique for many of his designs. Also Lino Tagliapietra made many glass objects for La Murrina in this style and Toni Zuccheri designed several items for Venini. In Florence, also in Italy you find similar designs for Empoli glass from the 1960s and 1970s.

 

AV Mazzega Glass Leaves Chandelier

AV Mazzega Contemporary Lighting at Euroluce 2013 –
Andrea Mazzega talks about the history of the company.

Photo of the old factory on the Murano island, taken in October 2014

AV Mazzega - Old Factory

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AV Mazzega Glass Leaves Chandelier 

 

Materials: Metal (iron) chromed frame. 36 clear and amber/orange/brown crystal hand blown Murano glass leaves. Bakelite sockets.

Chain Length: 80 cm / 31.49”

Height: 50 cm / 19.68”

Width: ∅ 60 cm / 23.62”

Electricity: 12 bulbs E14, 12 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano, Italy – attributed.

Other versions: Bigger and smaller versions, different colours, different leave forms. All these leaves were hand blown and therefore all unique with a little difference in height and width.

This chandelier is from the 60s or 70s, but these type of chandeliers were made for many years and is a typical product from Venice/Murano. Always said that it is a chandelier made by AV Mazzega, but several companies produced these type of lamps with glass leaves hanging on a metal frame, though the AV Mazzega company is most likely the maker. AV Mazzega produced numerous chandeliers with glass hanging in a metal frame.

Other companies that produced these type of lamps on the Murano island are, amongst others: Barovier & TosoAntichi Angeli, Mazzega (not to be confused with AV Mazzega) and many others. Chandeliers such as this one are always available on order.

AV Mazzega

AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps.

Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000. The company is renamed in Mazzega 1946; the year AV Mazzega was founded. 

Carlo Nason

The most famous designer that worked for the company is Carlo Nason. During the 1970s and 1980s he designed almost the complete collection for the company, so in all probability also this beautiful chandelier.

Born in Murano in 1935 Carlo Nason grew up in one of the oldest families of Murano glass makers where experts introduced him to the most refined techniques. He quickly started to collaborate with other glass workshops, with special attention for modern design and achieving a combination of technique and craftsmanship which characterizes all his projects.

Carlo has always shown an attitude for innovation without loosing his tradition.

Designers that worked for AV Mazzega – Mazzega 1946 are among others Christophe Pillet, Michele De Lucchi, Giovanni Barbato, Paolo Piva, Sam Baron, Gasmi Chafik, Oriano Favaretto and Riccardo Giovanetti.

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

Veca 1960s Chrome & Green Glass Chandelier

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Veca 1960s Chrome & Green Glass Chandelier

 

Materials: Green glass. Chromed metal and chromed metal parts. Bakelite sockets.

Chain Length: 60 cm / 23.62”

Total Height: 67 cm / 26.37”

Height: 38 cm / 14.96”

Width: ∅ 50 cm / 19.68”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 5 bulbs E14, 5 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but small E14-bulbs are preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer:  To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Veca, Milan, Italy.

Many companies with the name Veca exist in Italy. Veca is a common surname in the north of Italy and also on Sicily. But about the lamp factory is no information to be found.

Veca produced many chandeliers and other lamps in this style, all in the 1960s and 1970s. It reminiscence to the FontanaArte and Cristal Art lamps, but they are different. Typical is the use of green and/or blue coloured glass.

 

Links (external links open in a new window)

The Veca name in Italy

Milan on Wikipedia

Sicily on Wikipedia

Veca chandeliers on Google

FontanaArte chandeliers on Google

Cristal Art chandeliers on Google

Blue Veca chandelier on Vintageinfo

Veca 1960s white & blue glass chandelier on Vintageinfo

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.

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