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Children Room Lamps

Lighting designed especially for children and/or children rooms. All vintage lighting from the 20th century. Biographies of the designers and histories of the companies. ID your vintage lamps!

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp

 

Materials: Plastic (PVC). Fabric, probably cotton. Printed in blue with red roses.  Bakelite socket.

Height: 28 cm / 11.02”

Width: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Massive, Wommelgem and Kontich, Belgium. 

Other versions: Several different table lamps were produced, other colour clothes, other figures, other dolls. The Italian company Linea Zero produced similar lamps. It is possible that they produced them for Massive. The most famous lamps by Linea Zero are a series of Pink Panther and Snoopy table lamps.

Also Stilfer from Milan produced bobblehead lamps. The most well known are the plastic robot and insect lamps they produced.

The electric parts were produced in the late 1970s by VLM Components from Italy.

This lamp is made in the style of the drawings made by Denise Holly Ulinskas, who created Holly Hobbie in the 1960s. Other drawings of little girls at that time were named Miss Petticoat and Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay

Vivien Kubbos, born in the 1940s, was a freelance illustrator from Sidney, Australia who began creating Sarah Kay collections for Valentines Sands Greeting Cards in the early 1970s. The name Sarah Kay has it’s origin in the name of her fathers dog Sarah and the Kay is K for Kubbos. The works of Vivien Kubbos were “discovered” by two book publishers from Liege in Belgium and extended to Germany, Italy, Spain and Latin America. It was an instant success.

Holly Hobbie

Vivien Kubbos wasn’t the first who draw girls figures with dresses with aprons and hats. It was Denise Holly Ulinskas with drawings from a girl named Holly Hobbie with a patchwork dress and a big hat. Denise Holly Ulinskas married Douglas Hobbie in 1964. In the late 1960s she designed for the American Greetings Company. Later in life she started to draw Toot & Puddle. In 2006, a redesigned Holly Hobbie was launched.

Miss Petticoat, Jaklien

Many others had succes with this kind of art. In the UK it was Miss Petticoat that also became popular in the 1970s. In Belgium we had Jaklien (Jacqueline Moerman, 1931-2011).

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

Linea Zero

The Linea Zero company was founded in Verona, Italy in 1973 by Enea Ferrari. Initially destined to the children’s market and subsequently extended to design. The company still exists.

Sarah Kay Window Pendant

Holly Hobbie Tile

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp - Sarah Kay Window Pendant

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp - Holly Hobbie Tile

Holly Hobbie Coat Rack

Bobblehead Doll Table Lamp - Holly Hobbie Coat Rack

Osram Minispot

Osram Minispot - All Models

OSRAM Profile – from the OSRAM-website

OSRAM, based in Munich, Germany, is a globally leading lighting manufacturer with a history dating back more than 100 years. The portfolio ranges from high-tech applications based on semiconductor technology, such as infrared or laser lighting, to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM had more than 24,000 employees worldwide at the end of fiscal 2016 (September 30) and generated revenue of almost €3.8 billion in that fiscal year. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich.

In 1906 the OSRAM incandescent lamp was developed by Carl Auer von Welsbach.

In 1919 AEG (Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft), Siemens & Halske (S & H) and Deutsche Gasglühlicht AG (Degea, German Gas Light Company) formed a company for incandescent lamp production under the name OSRAM.

The name is derived from osmium and wolfram, two elements that were commonly used for lighting filaments at the time the OSRAM-company was founded.

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Osram Minispot

Lamp 1 – Osram Minispot 10 W 41401

 

Materials: Plastic, 220v – 6v transformer, magnet, iron parts, stainless steel.

Height: 16 cm / 6.29”

Width: 7 x 6 cm / 2.75 x 2.36”

Electricity: 1 halogen bulb Osram Halospot 48, 1 x 10 watt maximum 6 volt.

Period: 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer:  Dieter Witte (1937-2008).

Manufacturer: OSRAM Light AG, Marcel-Breuer-Street, 80807 Munich, Germany.

Dieter Witte went to school at the Kunstgewerbeschule Hannover (School of Applied Arts) in the German city Hanover. He has been working as a freelance lamp designer since 1966 for different industrial companies, including Osram, Erco and Staff. Many of his projects are design classics.

This lamp won the iF Design award in 1982.

Lamp 2 – Osram Minispot II – 20 W – model 41701 

 

Materials: Plastic, 220v – 12v transformer, white painted metal or stainless-steel, magnet, iron parts.

Height: 14,5 cm / 6.29”

Width: 6,5 x 6 cm / 5.70 x 2.36”

Electricity: 1 halogen bulb Osram Halospot 48, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Osram design, the internal design team.

Manufacturer: OSRAM Light AG, Marcel-Breuer-Street, 80807 Munich, Germany.

This lamp is a model produced from the late 70s until the 1980s.

Lamp 3 – Osram Minispot II – 20 W – Model 41701 

 

Materials: Plastic, 220v – 12v transformer, white painted metal, magnet, iron parts.

Height: 14,5 cm / 6.29”

Width: 6,5 x 6 cm / 5.70 x 2.36”

Electricity: 1 halogen bulb Osram Halospot 48, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Osram design, the internal design team, in 1972.

Manufacturer: OSRAM Light AG, Marcel-Breuer-Street, 80807 Munich, Germany.

This lamp won the iF Design award in 1972.

Lamp 4 – Osram Minispot – 20 W – Model 41601 

 

Materials: Plastic, 220v – 12v transformer, stainless steel, magnet, iron parts.

Height: 13,5 cm / 5.31”

Width: 7,5 x 7,5 cm / 2.95 x 2.95”

Electricity: 1 halogen bulb Osram Halospot 48, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: OSRAM Light AG, Marcel-Breuer-Street, 80807 Munich, Germany.

All these lamps have a magnet to “glue” the light globe on to the base. It can be turned in every direction thanks to the coiled wire.

Fantastic lamps with many possibilities. Can be used as a floor lamp, a bedside lamp, a table lamp, a picture light and so on. These type of lamps were sold for more than 40 years. With some luck you can find a new one in the box in a shop.

Osram Minispot - Osram Minispot 10 W 41401 - 1982 - Dieter Witte

Osram Minispot - Osram Minispot model 41701 - 1972 - Osram Design

Osram Minispot - Osram Minispot II - Model 41701 - 1972 - Osram Design

Osram Minispot - Osram Minispot - Model 41601 - 1972

Scoubidou Bedside Table Lamp

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Scoubidou Bedside Table Lamp

 

Materials: Plastified iron wire, rubber caps. Black Scoubidou wire and an early plastic ribbon. Bakelite socket.

Height: 28 cm / 11.02”

Lampshade: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Base: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 40 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: Probably made in several colours and sizes.

The 6 legs of this lamp are made of thick plastified iron wire, also used for the Diamond chair designed by Harry Bertoia in 1952.

Scoubidou

Scoubidou is a knotting craft with plastic wire, originally aimed at children. It originated in France, where it became immense popular in the late 1950s. It is named after the Sacha Distel (1933 – 2004) song of the same name from 1958.

The Scoubidou plastic became immense popular. It was used for all kind of decorations, lamps and furniture. You can find some fine examples over here.

For this lamp black Scoubidou is used as decoration on the legs. The plastic ribbon used for the lampshade is made of the type of plastic that was used as fly curtain in the 1950s.

VLM

The electric parts of this wall lamp were made in the late 1950s, early 1960s by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned By Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous because of the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglione in 1968.

1960s Pencil Table Lamp

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1960s Pencil Table Lamp

 

Materials: Red, yellow and green painted pine wood pencils. Red fabric lampshade. Some metal parts, Bakelite socket.

Height: 35 cm / 13.77”

Lampshade: ∅ 27,5 cm / 10.82”

Base: ∅ 10,5 cm / 4.13”

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.

Period: 1960s, 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: probably made in different colours.

This lamp has a label with the monogram WL. No information to be found, unfortunately.

The switch was produced by Norwegian company ELKO AS – A/S Elektrokontakt. It is the same switch used for the 1st editions of the Jucker lamp designed by Afra and Tobia Scarpa. The Jucker was produced by FLOS for the first time in the early 60s. The switch is produced ever since and is still for sale (2018).

A/S Elektrokontakt was founded in 1945 in Blåkorsgården in Oslo, Norway. It was the engineers Ervik and Kristensen who after the Second World War saw a huge demand for electromechanical products. It became a huge company over the years. 

The other electric parts of this lamp were also made in the 1960s/1970s.

1960s Pencil Table Lamp - WL monogram

1960s Pencil Table Lamp - ELKO switch

1970s Stilfer Apple Table Lamp

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1970s Stilfer Apple Table Lamps

 

Materials: Cubic base made of beech. Aluminium apple decoration. Plastic and fabric lampshade decorated with aluminium rings. Chromed metal, brass rod. Bakelite socket.

Height: 26,4 cm / 10.39”

Width: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”

Base: 7,2 x 7,2 cm / 2.83 x 2.83”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 15 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Stilfer SNC, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: Unknown, probably made in several colours.

On the bottom of the lampshade is molded in the plastic “Stilfer Milano Brevettato” Most Stilfer lamps are labeled or have the name molded in a plastic part.

Stilfer

The Stilfer SNC company no longer exists. It was at least active in the 1970s and early 1980s. They produced bobblehead table lamps, many other figurines, dolls and robots lamps. Except for some other children bedroom table lamps, nothing to be found about the brand. Many other Stilfer companies exist in Italy, but they have nothing to do with these lamps.

VLM

All the electric parts were produced in the early 1970s by VLM Components from Buccinasco in Italy. The switch is model 450 designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.

1970s Stilfer Apple Table Lamp - Lampshade - Stilfer Milano Brevettato

1970s Stilfer Bobblehead Table Lamp

1970s Bobblehead Table Lamp

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1970s Bobblehead Table Lamp

 

Materials: Plastic (PVC). Fabric, probably cotton. Orange hair. Red plastic hat (acrylic). Black plastic feet (acrylic). Chromed metal (iron). Bakelite socket.

Height: 22,5 cm / 8.85”

Width: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”

Base: 15 x 13,2 cm / 5.90 x 5.19”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 15 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Stilfer SNC, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: Several different bobblehead table lamps were produced, many other figurines, dolls and robots.

Stilfer

The Stilfer SNC company no longer exists. It was at least active in the 1970s and early 1980s. Except for some other children bedroom table lamps, nothing to be found. Many other Stilfer companies exist in Italy, but they have nothing to do with these lamps.

Linea Zero

Linea Zero is another Italian company that became famous with this type of children lamps. The Linea Zero company was founded in Verona, Italy in 1973 by Enea Ferrari. Initially destined to the children’s market and subsequently extended to design. The most famous lamps by Linea Zero are a series of Pink Panther and Snoopy table lamps. The company still exists.

VLM

All the electric parts were produced in the early 1970s by VLM Components from Buccinasco in Italy. The switch is model 450 designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.

1970s Bobblehead Table Lamp

1960s Vimar Plastic Clamp Lamp

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1960s Vimar Plastic Clamp Lamp

 

Materials: Red painted aluminium lampshade, silver painted inside. metal spring and bulb holder. Red and white plastic.

Lampshade: ∅ 7 cm / 2.75” 

Clamp: 9,7 x 4,3 cm  / 3.81 x 1.69”

Height: 14 cm / 5.51”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. A round small light bulb is necessary. Otherwise the lampshade won’t fit. 

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Vimar, Marostica, Italy. 

Other versions: Produced in several colours.

Vimar

This clamp lamp is made by Vimar, an Italian company located in Marostica, some 100 km (60 miles) from Venice. Vimar was founded at the end of World War II, on May Day 1945. They started in a former hat factory with the production of products for the residential use of electricity, based on elements obtained by molding thermosetting resin. The Vimar company still exists. Today the company specializes in wiring devices, H&B automation, door entry systems, safety & security equipment, sockets and plugs and plant infrastructure. “The technological experience and design of Vimar, at its absolute best in its range of residential series, combines with wireless technology to provide smart control designs for the Hue lamps by Philips Lighting.”

The Vimar name appears 3 times on this lamp: on the clamp itself, at the switch and also on the plug, as you can see below. The Vimar logo on this lamp was used by the company in the 1960s and 1970s.

1960s Vimar Plastic Clamp Lamp - Vimar - Made in Italy

1960s Vimar Plastic Clamp Lamp - Vimar logo on the plug

Philips NPD 245 Oldtimer Pendant Lamp

Philips NPD 244 and NPD 245 Oldtimer Pendant Lamp – Catalogue 1967

Philips NPD 245 Oldtimer Pendant Lamp - Catalogue 1967

Philips NPD 274, NPD 273, NPD 228 Pendant Lamps – Catalogue 1968

Philips NPD 245 Oldtimer Pendant Lamp - Catalogue 1968

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Philips NPD 245 Oldtimer Pendant Lamp

 

Materials: Plastic. Bakelite socket. Plastic canopy.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 20 cm / 7.87”

Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”

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. Philips recommends the Argenta Super Lux light bulb. 

Period: 1960s, 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Decoration

Cars: Ford, Fiat, Opel, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Peugeot.

Buildings and towers: Statue of Liberty in New York, Tower of Pisa, Roland Statue Bremen? Tower Bridge London, Reichstag building Berlin and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  

Other versions: Similar pendant lamps for children’s rooms were made with different pictures.

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Inspired by the fast-growing electricity industry and the promising results of Gerard Philips own experiments to make reliable carbon filaments, Frederik Philips (his father) financed the purchase of a modest factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1891.  Frederik Philips was a Jewish banker based in Zaltbommel.

In 1895, after difficult first four years and near bankruptcy, Anton Philips joined the company. He was Gerard’s younger brother. With Anton’s arrival, the family business began to expand rapidly. The brothers changed their family business by founding the Philips corporation. They laid the foundations for the later electronics multinational.

In 1930 the first shaver of the Philips company was introduced and was simply called “The Philishave”.

A day before the German invasion in the Netherlands on 9 Mai 1940, the Philips family fled to the United States of America, taking a large amount of the company capital with them.

Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. After World War II the company was moved back to the Netherlands, with their headquarters in Eindhoven.

Argenta Super Lux

The Argenta Super Lux light bulb was a bulb with his origins in the late 1960s. It is a combination of a spotlight with a normal bulb. The Philips slogan: “Argenta ‘Super Lux: the lamp with 30% more light on the table for the same electricity costs”.

Philips NPD 225 and NPD 245 Oldtimer (old-timer) Pendant Lamp – Catalogue 1968

Philips NPD 245 Oldtimer Pendant Lamp - Catalogue 1968

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

Lumibär Table Lamp

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Lumibär Table Lamp

 

Materials: Orange plastic (polypropylene).

Height: 58 cm / 9.05”

Width: 20 cm / 7.08”

Electricity: 1 bulb G4, 1 x 20 watt maximum, 12 volt bulb. Transformer 220 to 12 volt.

Period: 1990s.

Designer: Heinz Klein and Hans-Georg Leidig in 1995.

Manufacturer: Elmar Flötotto, Rietberg, Germany.

Other versions: Made in many colours and sizes over the years. Made as an indoor lamp, outdoor lamp, even changing LED-light colours in a white bear.  Still in production today. Exists in two sizes: 43 (16.92”) and 58 cm (9.05”) high. Also made in a seated version (35 cm / 13.77”). Spare electric parts are available. Can be transformed in an angel bear: Wings are for sale. Many imitations were produced, beware!

Described in the books: La COTE du design 1980.1990.2000 – edition 2011-2012, page 80. 1000 Lights 1960 to present – edition 2005, Taschen, page 424-425.

Elmar Flötotto

Elmar Flötotto is a family run business in it’s fourth generation. The company was founded in 1906 by Heinrich Flötotto as a furniture joinery business in in Gütersloh (Avenwedde), Germany.

After World War II, in 1946, Heinrich’s sons Fritz and Franz continue his work. They now have a sawmill, as well as a home furniture and school furniture factory.  In 1951, Flötotto expands with a chipboard plant in Arnsberg in the Sauerland region, some 50 km / 30 miles from Dortmund.

Between 1969 and 1991, the third-generation descendants of the founder take over the company they have inherited.

Flötotto is bests known for the shaped seat, patented on a global scale in 1952, and 20 million chairs have already been sold around the world. The seat shells are made from PAGHOLZ® plywood.

Today (2017) Frederik Flötotto is the CEO of the company.

Heinz Klein

Heinz Klein was born in 1944 in Troisdorf-Sieglar in Germany. Since 1971 he is self-employed with an office for interior design and design. He made successful designs of furniture, furniture systems and fixtures for leading international companies. Heinz Klein won several design prices. He is a painter, musician, author and designer.

Hans-Georg Leidig

Hans-Georg Leidig was born in 1953. After an apprenticeship as a carpenter with subsequent company studies, he studied interior architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. After his studies in 1980, he has been working as an interior architect and designer. Leidig owns an interior design and design firm in Troisdorf, Germany, not far from Cologne. He received several awards for his designs. 

Lumibär Table Lamp - label on the base

Lumibär Table Lamp - label on the back

Candlestick Bedside Lamp

Candlestick Bedside Lamp

 

Materials: Orange enameled ceramic (earthenware or stoneware). Opaque satined glass globe. White Bakelite socket.

Height: 21 cm / 8.26”

Width: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”

Base: ∅ 13,4 cm / 5.27”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. Preferably a small (candlestick form) one. The opening in the glass globe is small.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Cari Zalloni (1937-2012) – attributed.

Manufacturer: Steuler-Keramik, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany – attributed, no label present.

Cari Zalloni

Cari Zalloniborn August 20, 1937 in AthensGreece was a designer. His father was a Greek-Italian descent and his mother came from Austria. At first he lived in Greece, but the mother moved back to Vienna after the death of his father (1947). There he completed his high school diploma. He graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna for a master’s degree in design. In 1960 he began his work as a designer.

He went to Siena in Italy were he designed furniture, but after two years he went to Germany to work as an independent designer. He designed various glasses series for the ornamental ceramics company Steuler-Keramik and for the Glashütte MaximiliansauHe moved to Salzburg in 1962.

He was known as the chief designer of the eye optics company Cazal EyewearHe also designed drinking glasses and winter sports equipment. Most recently he lived near GrazAustriaHe died from the effects of heart surgery in 2012.

Video: Cazal Eyewear – Created to be unforgettable

Steuler

Steuler was founded by Georg Steuler in 1908. Georg Steuler developed the world’s first acid-resistant mastic (potash water glaze) and laid the foundation stone for Steuler Industriewerke (until 2010). Steuler-Keramik was a part of the company. 

Today Steuler is a group of companies specializing in industrial corrosion protection, plant construction / environmental technology and tiles. The group develops, produces and installs corrosion-resistant and fire-resistant materials, as well as lining technologies for the chemical industry, in metal recovery plants, in power plants and special waste incineration plants as well as in the iron and steel industry. 

Vimar

The switch on this light is made by Vimar, an Italian company located in Marostica, some 100 km (60 miles) from Venice. Vimar was founded at the end of World War II, on May Day 1945. They started in a former hat factory with the production of products for the residential use of electricity, based on elements obtained by molding thermosetting resin. The Vimar company still exists.

Candlestick Bedside Lamp

Pieter Klick Table Lamp

Parabel-Electric Pieter Klick Table Lamp - Label

Parabel-Electric Pieter Klick Table Lamp - Label Lustrerie De Merode, Mechelen, Belgium

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Pieter Klick Table Lamp

 

Materials: Plastic, acrylic lampshade, rubber girl doll. Bakelite socket.

Height: 17 cm / 6.69”

Base: 14,5 x 8 cm / 5.70 x 3.14”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 socket can be used. But the smaller the better. For this setup a refrigerator light bulb was used.

Period: 1960s, 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Pieter Klick, Parabel-Electric, Germany.

Other versions: Many different dolls were designed for these lamps, a cowboy, an indian, a wizard, a witch, a girl with a clack, a dog with a hat, a girl with a dress and a hat, a boy with an overall. Asterix, Obelix, Getafix, and many others. 

As you can see below, slight differences in size of the lampshade. Versions of the 60s have a different, more angular base. 1970s lamps, such as these two, have a more rounded base.

Some lamps have a label on the bottom of Parabel-Electric/Pieter Klick. All lamps with this base have “Pieter Klick ® Made in Western Germany” pressed in the plastic bottom. On top of the base is the Pieter Klick logo. It is some Peter Pan figure.

Pieter Klick

Unfortunately, no information to be found about the company. Also, the trademark is not registered anymore, only the lights remain. 

One of these lamps have the label attached to it of a shop in Mechelen, Belgium where this lamp was bought at the time. “Lustrerie de Merode, De Merodestraat 15, Mechelen”. The lamp shop has ended business in 2001. Today (2018) an art gallery is located on that address. The vintage facade of the store has remained the same.

 

Links (external links open in a new window)

Asterix on Wikipedia

DPMA register Germany

Children’s lamps on Vintageinfo

De Merodestraat 15, Mechelen, Google Earth

Pieter Klick lamps – Google images

Parabel-Electric Pieter Klick Table Lamp

Parabel-Electric Pieter Klick Table Lamp - Label

Parabel-Electric Pieter Klick Table Lamp - Label on top

LamPetit Table Lamp

LamPetit Table or Wall Lamp

 

Materials: Light grey coloured plastic body. Dark grey plastic arms, chromed brass inside. Aluminium reflector. Metal socket. Transformer 220 volt, 12 volt.

Height: from 20,1 cm until 40,5 cm /  7.91”- 15.94”

Base: 12,2 x 6,7 cm / 4.80 x 2.63”

Electricity: 1 bulb B15, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 12 volt. The lamp has a transformer 220 to 12 volt. Any type of car light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Bent Gantzel-Boysen.

Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Other versions: Made in black, orange and grey.

The switch on the back has 3 positions. Off, full power and half power. The same mechanism as on the Japanese Taki light Iris table lamp.

LamPetit: Lampetit is the Finnish word for wall lamp or sconce. This lamp was intended to use as a wall lamp. In the bottom there is a recess to hang it on the wall. Most people use it as a bedside or desk lamp. Lampe Petite is also French for small lamp.

Bent Gantzel-Boysen

This table lamp is often attributed to Verner Panton, but it is not. Bent Gantzel-Boysen designed this lamp. It was for the first time published in a lamp catalogue of Louis Poulsen in 1966. Bent Gantzel-Boysen was in the 70s head of Louis Poulsen’s own design team, who stood behind lamps like the 1972 IT series and the PH 80 table and floor lamps, drawn in 1974, to celebrate Poul Henningsen’s (1894 – 1968) 80th birthday.

Later in the 1970s Bent Gantzel-Boysen went on to draw lamps for IKEA. One of the more spectacular from 1983 was the Duett pendant lamp with six colored metal screens.

Verner Panton

Verner Panton designed several lamps for Louis Poulsen. Among other things his famous Flowerpot pendant lamp, the VP Globe pendant, the Europa table lamp and the Panthella table and floor lamp.

Louis Poulsen

Louis Poulsen & CO A/S is a Danish lighting manufacturer that was founded in 1874 by Ludvig R. Poulsen as a wine importing business. 4 years later the firm closed down. However, in 1892 Ludvig Poulsen opened his second business, this time selling tools and electrical supplies.

Two years later in 1896 his nephew Louis Poulsen started to work for the company. After the dead of Ludvig in 1906, Louis takes over the business.
In 1911 Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes a partner in the firm and the name changes in Louis Poulsen & Co A/S. Six years later Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen becomes the sole owner of the company.

The best known designers that worked for Louis Poulsen are Poul Henningsen, Arne JacobsenVerner PantonVilhelm LauritzenShoichi Uchiyama, Bent Gantzel Boysen and many others.

LamPetit Table Lamp

LamPetit Table Lamp

Many thans to Kurt from lampesamleren.dk for his enlightening information.

Hala Pinocchio Desk Lamps

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Hala Pinocchio Table, Desk or Wall Lamps

 

Materials: brass, aluminium, iron, made with Bakelite sockets, plastic sockets and porcelain and brass sockets.

Height: 30 cm / 11.81” – adjustable

Width: 18 cm / 7.08”

Lampshade: 18 cm /  7.08”

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, but the smaller the better.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet (February 9, 1914 – June 12, 1977).

Manufacturer: Hala Zeist Lampenfabriek, Zeist, The Netherlands.

Other versions: Made in red, black, grey, yellow and off-white. Some differences in the sockets; early ones have a metal socket with porcelain (brass or nickel-plated brass) and a different knee joint. The base can be grey or black.

Hala Zeist Lampenfabriek

Hala is one of the first light companies of The Netherlands, originated in 1932 in the city of Zeist and later moved to Amersfoort.
Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet, the designer of many Hala lamps is also the founder of the company.

Dijkstra Lampen B.V. 

In 2011 Hala took over Dijkstra Lampen from Haarlem, also in the Netherlands. In 2013 Fokke Dijkstra junior was in a position to buy back the company his grandfather started. “Making lamps is in our genes” thus Fokke Dijkstra jr.

Today the company is located in Almere (since 2008) and is part of Maretti Lighting. A lot of Hala lamps are still for sale in the Maretti webshop.

Pinocchio lamps in the catalogues from 1959 and 1967

Hala Pinocchio Table Lamps - Catalogue 1959

Hala Pinocchio Table Lamps - Catalogue 1967

Hala Pinocchio Table Lamps

Toucan Table Lamp

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Toucan Table Lamp

 

Materials: Plastic, Bakelite socket.

Total height: 23 cm / 9.05”

Width lampshade: 18 cm / 7.08”

Width base: 12 cm / 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small one is preferred.

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

Designer: To be appraised; OTF (Old Timer Ferrari), Verona, Italy.

Manufacturer: Old Timer Ferrari, Verona, Italy.

Other versions: Made in different colours and 3 sizes. This one is the normal size, there is a bigger one (32 cm – 12.6”) and a small one (12 cm – 4.7”) on batteries. They can be used as desk lamp, table lamp or bedside lamp.

Editions exist without markings. In all probability first editions, certainly no copies because everything is exactly the same (dimensions, materials).

Versions exist with a VLM switch from circa 1965 and versions with the Achille Castiglioni VLM switch. The Achille Castiglioni switch went in production in 1968. In all probability these lamps were produced from the late 1960s until the 1970s. The O.T.F. company no longer exists.

Beware: Never use a incandescence light bulb of more than 25 watts! The number of melted toucan lamps is uncountable.

 

Links (external links open in a new window)

Toucan bird on Wikipedia

VLM Components switches on Vintageinfo

Toucan Table Lamp - Old Timer Ferrari

Toucan Table Lamp - Old Timer Ferrari

Toucan Table Lamp - Old Timer Ferrari - Yellow

Toucan Table Lamp - Old Timer Ferrari - Red

Felt Clown Table Lamp

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Felt Clown Table Lamp

 

Materials: Felt, wool and some other fabrics. The head is in all probability made of styrofoam. The feet are probably made of wood or cardboard. White Bakelite socket.

Height: 28 cm / 11.02”

Width: 17 cm / 6.69”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Preferably a small round coloured (red) bulb.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised. Produced in Italy for Massive Lighting, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.

Other versions: Many different figurines were produced. All with a light bulb for the nose and made with felt.

Arno

The electric parts are Italian and made in the 1960s by Arno.  Arno is a typical European name. Arno elettronica SRL exists in Italy. It’s unclear if this Arno is the maker and that the company existed in the 1960s. The switch is article nr. 503.

Massive Lighting

Massive Lighting 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 Lighting 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.

Moinier Besson Table Lamp

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Moinier Besson Table Lamp

 

Materials: Maple wood in the form of a vise, Bakelite socket.

Height: 20 cm / 7.87”

Width: 4,7 cm / 1.85”

Length: 22 cm / 8.66”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a long small bulb was used.

Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Moinier Besson, 41150 Onzain (Loir-et-Cher), France. Société à responsabilité limitée (limited liability company).

Moinier Besson

No information to be found about the company. Only that it has been removed from the register of trade and companies (RCS) of Blois at 27/06/2013. The company has a snail as a logo as you can see below. Snails or escargots are a delicacy in France. 

No other lamp or something in wood to be found on the internet with the name Moiner Besson. Not by a search in 2010, 2015 or 2017.

The wiring, plug and socket are Italian and they are made by the VLM company from Buccinasco near Milan in the late 1970s, early 1980s.

Moinier Bessson logo

Moinier Besson Table Lamp

Moinier Besson Table Lamp

Orange Glass & Brass Table Lamp

Orange Glass & Brass Table Lamp

 

Materials: Brass, hand blown incamiciato crystal glass. Orange on the outside, white on the inside. Fabric lampshade with a plastic base.

Height: 42,5 cm / 16.73”

Width: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51

Base: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72

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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

This light has all the looks of a big German floor lamp, but it is the Lilliput version of it and is rather a small bedside table lamp.

Incamiciato: overlay lattimo glass (= milky looking glass) with a layer of transparent coloured glass.

 

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History of Murano – Wikipedia

Murano Glass Museum

Hand blown lamps on Vintageinfo

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1950s Brass Bedside Lamp

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1950s Brass Bedside Lamp

 

Materials: Some early plastic for the lampshade. Brass base, feet and handle. Bakelite socket.

Height: 19,5 cm / 7.67”

Width: ∅ 8,5 cm / 3.34”

Electricity: 1 bulb B22, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

This bedside table light or even children’s room bedside table lamp – because it’s not glass but plastic – was acquired in France some years ago. It’s got a typical 1950s French switch and plug and it’s got a B22 socket: at that time the standard socket in France. Many of those lights were also made in Italy. Gilardi & Barzaghi made some lights in this style, as many others.

This lamp has 4 feet, most of the time they are made tripod. It is more or less made in the form of a candlestick light.

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1950s Tripod Bedside Lamp - switch

1950s Tripod Bedside Lamp - plug

1950s Tripod Bedside Lamp

Aro Leuchte Bedside Lamps

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Aro Leuchte Bedside Lamps

 

Materials: Plastic, some fabric. Metal (iron) clip. Bakelite socket.

Height: 26 cm / 10.23”

Width: ∅ 12,5 cm / 4.92”

Base: ∅ 8,5 cm / 3.34”

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.

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

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Aro-Leuchte(n) GmbHArnold Licht GmbH, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 5, 46325 Borken, Germany.

Other versions: The base is used for many other lamps. Some lamps have the same base, but it is made of chromed plastic.

Aro-Leuchten GmbH

Aro-Leuchten GmbH was founded in 1969 as a family business. It ended business in 2006. Not much to be found about the company. Today, the website is offline. The url was www.aro-leuchten.de. Mister Matthias Arnold was the managing director.

Aro Leuchte Bedside Lamps