Chrome Arc Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) round flat base. Rectangular short chrome rod. Round attachment. Ornamental nut and screw. Chrome curved rod. Chrome joint. Brown acrylic lampshade. Aluminium socket holder on top. Bakelite socket.
Height: 60 cm / 23.62” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”
Base: ∅ 16,5 cm / 6.49”
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: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This chrome Arc table lamp exists also with a white lampshade, possible also made in other colours. It was also made as a big floor lamp, in several variations. The floor lamp exists also with a brushed aluminium lampshade. Often said that these lamps were made by Reggiani, but they are not. The lampshade was made by the same company that produced the lampshades for the Dutch companies Dijkstra and Herda. At least they are made exactly the same.
Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros. Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialised more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
Massive sold many lamps made by others. Peill + Putzler from Germany and Yamada Shomei from Japan produced lamps for Massive, to name a few. Many other lighting companies did.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.
All the electric parts of this lamp were made in the early 70s by VLM Components from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. The company is famous for the switches designed by Achille Castiglioni. The switch on this lamp is switch model 450 designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
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Marble and chrome eyeball floor lamp
1970s geometric ceramics & chrome table lamp
Other Massive lamps
The Massive labels explained
Achille Castiglioni VLM Switches