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Designers: Herwig and Frank Sterckx

Herwig and Frank Sterckx

Herwig and Frank Sterckx are graphic designers from Antwerp, Belgium. The twin brothers studied at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten van Antwerpen (Royal Academy of Fine Arts).

Their dad, Piet Sterckx was a journalist and he wrote an article for a newspaper about the Spanish glass blowers that worked in the glass factory in Boom, “N.V. Glasfabriek De Rupel” (Limited Liability Company Glass Factory De Rupel), named after the river that runs along the city.

The director of the glass factory asked him if he knew someone who could make modern designs. He first asked his sons that then studied at the academy in Antwerp. In the period 1968 – 1969, the duo designed a whole series of lamps for De Rupel. Al the lamps were hand blown in steel molds. The test pieces were first blown into wooden molds. 

Herwig and Frank Sterckx, students at that time, never heard anything about production and were never paid for their work. The director died suddenly and the successor claimed not to believe in the modern direction.

Table lamps, including the famous Tobrouk (photo on the right) second edition table lamp produced by Philips. A white version can be found here on Vintageinfo.

Designers: Herwig and Frank Sterckx – Expo 1970 Photo’s

These glass table and pendant lamps (in black and white) were all prototypes, not every light went in production. It is only a small part of their designs. The photos were taken at the exhibition.

Table Lamps

Herwig & Frank Sterckx Table Lamp - De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx Ribbed Table Lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx round table lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx Conical Table Lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Pendant lamps

Herwig & Frank Sterckx pendant lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx Globes Pendant Lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx 3 Pendant Lamps designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx pendant lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx pendant lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx pendant lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx pendant lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970

Herwig & Frank Sterckx pendant lamp designed for De Rupel Glass, Boom - Expo 1970