Cosack Sputnik Floor Lamp
Materials: Round chromed metal (iron) base. Cast iron counterweight. Long chrome rod. Chrome globe and many chrome rods and balls form a round sputnik lampshade. 12 Bakelite E14 sockets.
Height: 155 cm / 61.02”
Width: ∅ 41 cm / 16.14”
Base: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Electricity: 12 bulbs E14, 12 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but silver capped bulbs are preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Gebrüder Cosack – Gecos, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany.
Other versions: This Cosack sputnik floor lamp exists in brass. Wall lamps, flush mounts, chandeliers and table lamps were also produced.
The Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) company was founded in 1833 as a metal processing plant in Neheim-Hüsten, Germany by Egon, Friedrich and Theodor Cosack together with Gottliebe Tappe. It was named Metallwarenfabrik Tapp + Cosack. In the beginning they made liturgical items, crosses and upholstery nails made of brass and they also produced kerosene lamps. Later the company came to the production of electric lamps.
In 1921 a cardboard factory was started, originally for packaging the Cosack Group‘s own products, including lights, nails, rivets and kitchen appliances.
After the Second World War Cosack pursued a modern direction. A best seller were copper lighting for restaurants. The company was declared bankrupt in 1984.
The cardboard factory still exists. The sixth generation is now running the business at the Cosack plant.
Best known designers: Gottfried Stürzenhofecker, K. H. Kinsky, Hans Wilfried Hegger, Hans-Joachim Groth, Burkhard Panteleit, Joachim O. Becker, Prof. Friedrich Becker, Waldemar Rothe and Jan Armgardt.
Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) received 15 iF Design Awards.
Lamps in the movies
A chrome Sputnik table lamp, maker unknown, appears in the 2015 British crime drama television series Midsomer Murders, season 17, Episode 1, named The Dagger Club. Starring John Nettles, Daniel Casey and Barry Jackson. With a “triennale” style floor lamp on the background and a Carlo Moretti (or in the style) vase on the right.