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Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Lamp

Materials: Plastic “Cocoon” sprayed on a curved metal wire frame. White painted Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 35 cm / 13.77”

Width: ∅ 43 cm / 16.92”

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: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Goldkant-Leuchten Fritz Wauer GmbH & Co. KG, Dieselstraße 30, 5600 Wuppertal, Germany.

Other versions: This Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon pendant lamp exists in many forms and sizes, this one is model FW 60.

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

Goldkant Leuchten

The company was founded right after World War II in 1946. The first name of the company was Cocoon-Leuchten International. Goldkant Leuchten also produced ceramic lamps. Designers of Cocoon lamps: Shultz, Baum. The company ended business in 1994.

Many lamps you find in this material with a label from other companies such as Aro Leuchte, Josef Brümberg and Raak, to name a few, were all made by Goldkant Leuchten.

Fritz “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 silk worm, hence the naming “cocoon”.

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

In the late 50’s Arturo Eisenkeil from Merano, today in Marling, 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.

iF Design Award 1974

In 1974 Goldkant Leuchten received 2 iF design awards for Cocoon lamps.
One for the Orsa pendant lamp (photo on the right below) and one for the Ulvsunda.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Lichtstudio Eisenkeil
FLOS Prehistory
Emerging from a Cocoon: The Story Behind the Beginning of FLOS

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Other Cocoon lamps

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Lamp spun plastic metal frame 1960s Friedel Wauer Bubble FLOS Eisenkeil MCM label

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Lamp spun plastic metal frame 1960s Friedel Wauer Bubble FLOS Eisenkeil MCM

Two other Cocoon lamps made by Goldkant Leuchten

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Lamp 1960s Friedel Wauer

Goldkant Leuchten Cocoon Pendant Lamp Orsa 1960s Friedel Wauer

How these lamps are made by Eisenkeil for FLOS –  impressive video!