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Peill + Putzler

Glashüttenwerk Peill und Sohn was founded in 1903 in Düren, a small town in (West) Germany. Peill und Sohn merged with Putzler (founded in 1869) in 1947 as a glass works and lighting company and became Peill + Putzler Glashüttenwerke.

The company always worked with important designers such as Wilhelm WagenfeldWilliam BrownHelmut DemaryAloys Ferdinand GangkofnerHorst Tüselmann and many others.

In the 1950s 1500 people were working for the company. They also produced glass for other light companies in Europe, such as Raak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In 1995 the production of glass and lights moved to SloveniaPoland and the Czech Republic. Only the trading of lamps en glass stayed in Düren.  1 year after the 100st anniversary in 2004, bankruptcy was filed.

In 2007 the name Peill + Putzler was re-used for a while for the Wagenfeld lightingof the German lighting company of Paul Neuhaus.

Today the Peill & Putzler factory is called Glashütte Düren and is converted to many other businesses and conference center.


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Crystal Mushroom Table Lamp


Materials: White and clear crystal hand blown glass. Opaque on top, terminating clear at the base. Bakelite socket.

Height: 36 cm / 14.17”

Width: ∅ 34 cm  / 13.38”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used. For this type of table lamp preferable an opaque/white light bulb.

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

Designer: Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner (1920-2003) – attributed.

Manufacturer: Peill + Putzler, Düren, Germany 

This table lamp is often presented as a lamp designed by Luciano or Gino Vistosi for Vistosi, Italy, but it is not. This lamp is in all probability designed by Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner who designed several lamps for Peill + Putzler. Many of his light designs received awards.

Below a white lamp with the Peill + Putzler label.

Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner

Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner was born in Reichenberg, Germany in 1920. He studied at the Staatliche Fachschule für Glasindustrie (State Technical College for the Glass Industry) in Zwiesel for 1934 until 1935. He worked as a freelancer for Peill + Putzler from 1953 until 1958. Several of his designs were also sold by Raak Amsterdam, but were produced by Peill + Putzler. He designed several lamps with the same dots as the table lamp you see on the right. The Como pendant lamp is made like this lamp (lamp below). You can find it over here on Vintageinfo.

Later he started to work as an independent for, among others, Erco lighting, also from Germany. Gangkofner also designed lamps in the 1960s for Reininghaus & Co from Lüdenscheid, Germany which won several iFdesign awards. He died in Munich (München), Germany in 2003.

Peill & Putzler Mushroom Table Lamp

Peill + Putzler Mushroom Lamp

Peill & Putzler Mushroom Table Lamp

Como Pendant Lamp