Doria Snowball Flush Mount
Materials: White painted brass rods. White painted metal (iron) ceiling mount. 27 swirled crystal glass globes/balls with brass decorative nuts. White painted Bakelite sockets.
Height: 38 cm / 14.96”
Width: ∅ 38 cm / 14.96”
Electricity: 7 bulbs E14, 7 x 40 watt max, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 socket can be used. But a clear twisted one is preferred, as used in this setup.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Doria-Werkstätten, Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG, Fürth, Germany.
Other versions: These “snowball” lamps were made in many forms and sizes. Made as several different flush mounts, wall lamps, sputnik chandeliers, even table lamps and floor lamps. This Doria snowball flush mount also exists in a smaller version and in brass or brushed aluminium.
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, labelled with Richard Essig – Besigheim. You never find a lamp attributed to Essig with a DORIA label.