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Lighting designed for outdoor use; gardens, carports, parks. All vintage lighting from the 20th century. Biographies of the designers and histories of the companies. ID your vintage lamps!

BEGA Mushroom Garden Lamps

Black version with a long base – Bega 9320

Bega 9320 Industrial Garden Lights

Bega 9320 Industrial Garden Lights

iF Design Award 1974   iF Design Award 1974 – Bega 9321

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BEGA Mushroom Garden Lamps

 

Materials: Dark yellow painted aluminium, opaque plastic diffuser. Metal and porcelain sockets.

Height: 65 cm  / 25.59”

Width: ∅ 40 cm / 15.74”

Base:  15 cm / 5.90”

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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: BEGA Gantenbrink-Leuchten KG, Menden, Germany.

Other versions: Also made with a longer base and in different colours. Models: 9011 (this one), 9320, 3921 (as the black ones on the left), 9520 (HQ lamp)

BEGA 

The BEGA company was founded in September 1945, at the end of the Second World War and started as a small business with 5 employees. BEGA received the “Medaille d’Or” at the international trade fair in Luxembourg in 1952. In 1958, BEGA construct the new multi-storey luminaire block with a few other companies at the largest industrial fair in the world in Hanover: an important and courageous step which finally leads to the “World Light Show“. The complete history of the Bega company can be found on their website.
The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting.
Glashütte Limburg is a member of the BEGA group.

These 12 garden lamps came out of a library in Belgium where they were used inside the building.

The pendant lamps from Francesconi, painted in the same colour (info below) came out of the same building.

Pendant Lamps by Francesconi Fratelli

 

Materials: Dark Yellow painted aluminium and stainless steel.

Height: 105 cm / 41”

Width: ∅ 61 cm / 24”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 x 100 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: Francesconi Fratelli, Roncadelle, Italy.

Tube: 73 cm, 3 lamps adjustable , (73 cm x 2) 29” (29 x 2)

Label Francesconi present.

Bega 9011, 9320, 9250 in the 1974 catalogue

Bega 9011 Catalogue

2 Bega Garden Lamps with Eric

Many thanks to Eric for the beautiful photos.

BEGA 1980s Outdoor Wall Lamp 2276

BEGA 1980s Outdoor Wall Lamp 2276

 

Materials: Black/anthracite painted aluminium alloy, painted with some wrinkle paint. Aluminium reflector. Clear glass. Porcelain socket.

Height: 25 cm / 9.84”

Width: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”

Length: 25 cm / 9.84”

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: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: The BEGA design team.

Manufacturer: BEGA Gantenbrink-Leuchten, Menden, Germany.

Other versions: This outdoor or garden lamp is model 2276. It won an iF Design Award in 1983. This wall lamp can be used inside or outside (IP 55).

BEGA

The BEGA company was founded in September 1945, at the end of the Second World War and started as a small business with 5 employees. BEGA received the “Medaille d’Or” at the international trade fair in Luxembourg in 1952. In 1958, BEGA construct the new multi-storey luminaire block with a few other companies at the largest industrial fair in the world in Hanover: an important and courageous step which finally leads to the “World Light Show“.

The complete history of the BEGA company can be found on their website. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting. Glashütte Limburg is a member of the BEGA group. BEGA received 275 iF Design Awards. You can find them over here on the iF Design website.

Glashütte Limburg

Glashütte Limburg was founded in 1946. The name Glashütte Limburg is no longer in use since 2017. 

One of the best known designers for Glashütte Limburg was Helena Tynell who created several amber bubble glass lamps for the company. They were made in many forms and sizes. Helena Tynell lived from 1918 until 2016. She was married to the famous designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973).

Glashütte Limburg received 160 iF Design Awards. You can find them over here on the iF Design website.

This wall lamp has many similarities with the A19 lamp, designed in the 60s by Alain Richard and produced by Disderot.

BEGA 1980s Outdoor Wall Lamp 2276 - Label

BEGA 1980s Outdoor Wall Lamp 2276

BEGA Outdoor Flush Mounts or Wall Lamps

BEGA Outdoor Flush Mounts or Wall Lamps

 

Materials: Cylindrical black painted aluminium alloy, painted with some wrinkle paint. Opaque cylindrical glass. Porcelain socket.

Height: 17 cm / 6.69”

Width: ∅ 11 cm / 4.33”

Base Height: 6,5 cm / 2.55”

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, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: The BEGA design team.

Manufacturer: BEGA Gantenbrink-Leuchten, Menden, Germany.

Other versions: These outdoor or garden lamps are model 4865. Made with different forms of glass. A round version, model 4870 won an iF Design Award in 1980. These wall lamps or flush mounts can be used inside or outside (IP 55).

BEGA

The BEGA company was founded in September 1945, at the end of the Second World War and started as a small business with 5 employees. BEGA received the “Medaille d’Or” at the international trade fair in Luxembourg in 1952. In 1958, BEGA construct the new multi-storey luminaire block with a few other companies at the largest industrial fair in the world in Hanover: an important and courageous step which finally leads to the “World Light Show“.

The complete history of the BEGA company can be found on their website. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting. Glashütte Limburg is a member of the BEGA group. BEGA received 275 iF Design Awards. You can find them over here on the iF Design website.

Glashütte Limburg

Glashütte Limburg was founded in 1946. The name Glashütte Limburg is no longer in use since 2017. 

One of the best known designers for Glashütte Limburg was Helena Tynell who created several amber bubble glass lamps for the company. They were made in many forms and sizes. Helena Tynell lived from 1918 until 2016. She was married to the famous designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973).

Glashütte Limburg received 160 iF Design Awards. You can find them over here on the iF Design website.

Bega Outdoor Flush Mounts or Wall Lamps 4865 - Label

Bega Outdoor Flush Mounts or Wall Lamps 4865

ERCO Garden Wall Lights

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ERCO Garden Wall Lights

 

Materials: Light brown metallic painted aluminium cuboid. Black painted aluminum wall mount. Some metal parts. Porcelain sockets.

Height: 25 cm / 9.84”

Width: 11,5 x 11,5 cm / 4.52 x 4.52”

Depth: 24,5 cm / 9.64”

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: ERCO GmbH, Lüdenscheid, Germany.

Other versions: Unknown, possibly made in several colours. This cuboid wall lamp is model 4122, as labeled. These lamps have also a label with a date stamp. 2 with 1978 and 1 with 1977 printed on it.

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 pendant lamps.

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.

Designers that worked for the ERCO company are Roger Tallon, Ettore Sottsass, Emilio Ambasz, Shiro Kuramata, Giancarlo Piretti, Dieter Witte,  Yves Béhar, Knud Holscher, Franco Clivio, Naoto Fukasawa, Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner 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 Garden Wall Lights - 4122 label

ERCO Garden Wall Lights - Porcelain socket

Bubble Glass Garden Wall Lamp

White version spotted somewhere in Aachen in 2015 (Germany)

Bega 5748 - white - Aachen, Germany

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Bubble Glass Garden Wall Lamp

 

Materials: Aluminium alloy, brass. Stainless steel, crystal smoked hand blown bubble glass (pulegoso). Metal sockets.

Height: 48 cm / 18.89”

Depth: 41 cm / 16.14”

Glass globe: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E14, 3 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

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

Designer: To be determined.

Manufacturers: Glashütte Limburg, Glashüttenweg 1, 65549 Limburg an der Lahn, Germany. BEGA Gantenbrink-Leuchten, Menden, Germany.

Other versions: Made in different colours and sizes. Also made as a street lamp and a lighting pole garden lamp.

Spare parts can still be ordered for these lamps. They can be used inside or outdoors (IP 44).

The Bega wall lamp model 5054 won the iF Design Award in 1976.

Pulegoso: (Italian – the slang term “Pulega” = bubble) Glass with a rough surfaceopaque or semi translucent, formed by tiny bubbles obtained with special devices (baking soda, oil,…) typical of the twenties and attributed to Napoleon Martinuzzi.

Glashütte Limburg

Glashütte Limburg was founded in 1946. Today Glashütte Limburg is a member of the Bega group. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting. The name Glashütte Limburg is no longer in use since 2017. Bega was founded in 1945 by goldsmith and steel engraver Heinrich Gartenbrink

One of the best known designers for Glashütte Limburg was Helena Tynell who created several amber bubble glass lights for the company. They were made in many forms and sizes. Helena Tynell lived from 1918 until 2016. She was married to the famous designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973).

Glashütte Limburg received 160 iF Design Awards. You can find them over here on the iF Design website.

Links (all external links open in a new window)

iF Design award 1976

Limburg an der Lahn on Wikipedia

Helena Tynell on Wikipedia (only in Suomi (2017))

Glashütte Limburg website

History of the Bega company

Glashütte Limburg manufactures exclusive interior luminaires with natural gas

Bega website

Bega North America website

Other Glashütte Limburg lamps on Vintageinfo

Bega lamps on Vintageinfo

Other Bubble glass lamps on Vintageinfo

iF Design Award 1976

Bega 5748 Garden Wall Lamp
More or less the same lamp, other light bulb inside: compact fluorescent lamp 18 watt.

Bega 5748 scheme

Bega Garden Wall Lamp 5748

Philips Outdoor Wall Lamp

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Philips Outdoor Wall Lamp

 

Materials: Black painted metal (iron). Green coloured glass. Bakelite socket.

Height: 35 cm / 13.77”

Width: ∅ 24 cm / 9.44”

Depth: 36 cm / 14.17”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 socket can be used. Not a specific one preferred. For this setup a white/opaque bulb was used.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Koninklijke Philips N.V., Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

This lamp comes from an old stock, it is NOS (New Old Stock) and was never used. That’s why the paper Philips sticker is still present.

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.

Philips Outdoor Wall Lamp

Philips Outdoor Wall Lamp

Philips Logos

BEGA Garden Lamps Expo 58

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Bega Garden Lamps Expo 58 Brussels

 

Materials: Orange-red painted iron lampshades and base. Porcelain sockets.

Height: 105 cm / 41.33”

Width: 80 cm / 31.49”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maxmium, 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: BEGA Gantenbrink-Leuchten KG, Menden, Germany.

Other versions: Made with 1, 2 or 3 lamps.

BEGA 

The BEGA company was founded in September 1945, at the end of the Second World War and started as a small business with 5 employees. BEGA received the “Medaille d’Or” at the international trade fair in Luxembourg in 1952. In 1958, BEGA construct the new multi-storey luminaire block with a few other companies at the largest industrial fair in the world in Hanover: an important and courageous step which finally leads to the “World Light Show“. The complete history of the BEGA company can be found on their website. The company still exists and they make beautiful (industrial) lighting.
Glashütte Limburg is a member of the Bega group.

BEGA Label inside

Bega Garden Lights Expo 58

Canadian Pavilion Expo 58 Brussels

Bega Garden Lights Expo 58 Brussels - Canadian Pavillion

André Cazenave Floor Lamp

André Cazenave (1928-2003)

André Cazenave is mainly known for his luminous sculptures edited by Atelier A. and Pierre Disderot in the 1960s and 1970s. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use: its pebbles (Dorra model), cubes, pyramids, corals, Greek inspired busts and so on. These lamps are all made of polyester or fiberglass coated with marble powder. And they have an aluminum base were the electric parts are attached.

Atelier A. 

In 1968, François Arnal opens Atelier A. in Paris, which produces objects created by artists (tables, lights).

Links (external links open in a new window)

Website Soka-Disderot

The village of Cachan on Wikipedia

François Arnal on Wikipedia (in French)

François Arnal on the “Encyclopédie audiovisuelle de l’art contemporain

Fiell, Charlotte; Fiell, Peter (2005). 1000 Lights: 1878-1959. Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8228-1606-6

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André Cazenave Floor Lamp

 

Materials: Resin or polyester, brass. Bakelite and plastic parts.

Height: 35 cm / 13.77”

Width: ∅ 33 cm / 12.99”

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.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century modern.

Designer: André Cazenave (1928-2003).

Manufacturer: To be appraised, no label present. This lamp is in the Cazenave style. It is probably not his design.

Other versions: These lamps were made in many forms. The best known is the lamp in rock form “Dorra” from 1969. Exist also as a cube, a flame, a lying Apollo head, Adonis and Aphrodite, a pyramid, shells, a sponge, even a complete desk and many more. 

They were produced in France by Atelier Pierre Disderot in Cachan near Paris and Atelier A. in Paris, the workshop of artist François Arnal (1924-2012). 

Disderot

Pierre Disderot (1920-1991): Born out of the Arts Décoratifs and the Boulle school, Pierre Disderot created in 1947 his company “Atelier Pierre Disderot“. Initially installed at 19, rue de la Gare in Cachan, some 7 kilometers from Paris, Pierre Disderot was inspired by the creations of Scandinavian luminarists and discovered his way by becoming the inventor of contemporary decorative lighting.
The post-war period in France was a turning point: between 1945 and 1960, new ways of life were crystallized, an aspiration for practice. Very quickly the approach of Pierre Disderot fits into the demand of the moment. His industrial quality made him collaborate with his friends designers of the time who create, draw and bring to him lighting to be edited.
At the same time, he also realized prestigious affairs, such as the lighting of many halls of the ocean liner “Liberté”.

He worked together with designers as François Arnal, René Jean Caillette, André Cazenave,  J.M. chaudeurge, Jacques Dumont, Roger Fatus, Fermigier, Gauthier-Delaye, Max Garnault, Christophe Gevers, Pierre Guariche, P. Kamminga, Yonel Lebovici, Michel Mortier, Joseph André Motte, Olivier Mourgue, Pierre Paulin, Dominique Prevot, Marc Sadler, J. Reid, Alain Richard, André Stern, André Simard, Jorn Utzon and others, who imagine many projects to edit. Disderot’s light are part of the most avant-gardist pieces of their time.

Soka

In 1986 Soka and Atelier Pierre Disderot merge and become the Soka Disderot entity. A single catalog includes the models of the two companies.

Soka was a company Company created in 1952 by Jacques Chatain with a small catalog. In the mid-1960s, this catalog includes almost exclusively industrial fluorescent luminaires with plexiglass bowls called “ice breads”. Until the 1980s, these lights were widely used: with this type of product, Soka illuminated all the tobacco factories in France owned by SEITA (Gitannes, Gauloises) (SEITA is the former French state-owned tobacco monopoly. It merged in 1999 with its Spanish equivalent, Tabacalera, to form Altadis).

In November 1984, Soka took over the management of Atelier Pierre Disderot. It was in 1986 that the company Soka and Atelier Pierre Disderot merged and became the Soka-Disderot entity.

André Cazenave Floor Lamp - inside

André Cazenave Floor Lamp - switch and plug

André Cazenave Floor Lamp - back

André Cazenave Floor Lamp - bottom