DORIA Cascading Snowball Chandelier
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) parts and rods. Big round white painted metal canopy. 4 “snowball” double layered crystal glass globes. 4 metal sockets.
Cord Length: 130 cm /51.19” – adjustable
Width: ∅ 45 cm / 17.72”
Glass Globes: 1 x ∅ 20 / 7.87”, 1 x ∅ 17 / 6.69”, 2 x ∅ 14 / 5.51”
Electricity: 4 bulbs E14, 4 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: DORIA-Werkstätten, Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG, Fürth, Germany.
Other versions: This DORIA cascading snowball chandelier exists as a single pendant lamp. Made as chandeliers with 3, 5, 8 pendants. Also made as a big pendant lamp. Made in chromed metal or brass. Wall lamps and table lamps were also produced. Also made with different glass; clear glass and smoked brown glass. The smallest globes in this “snowball” design were used for all sorts of chandeliers and flush mounts, even a sputnik version was made.
DORIA-WERK, DORIA-Werk – Beleuchtungsglas – Beleuchtungskörper orDoria-Werkstätten, Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG was founded after the Second World War in Fürth, near Nürnberg, Germany in 1948. The name changed over the years. The internal design team was named DORIA-Studio. The company is often named Doria Leuchten.
DORIA no longer exists. The firm was declared bankrupt in 1986.
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DORIA-Werkstätten Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG won several other iF-Design Awards. You can find them over here: IF-Design Awards Doria Werk.
Designers that worked for DORIA:
Wolfgang Tümpel (1903-1978)
Wikipedia Wolfgang Tümpel
Klaus Slama designed several lamps for DORIA: The DORIA mushroom table lamp is one of them.
Richard Essig – Often said that he designed lamps for DORIA, but it was a wholesale company who bought among other things old stocks. Essig sold lamps made by Staff, Disderot, Massive and several other companies, labeled with Richard Essig – Besigheim. You never find a lamp attributed to Essig with a DORIA label.
Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.