DORIA Sputnik Table Lamp
Materials: Clear hand blown crystal glass. Polished aluminium base. Chromed metal. Metal sockets.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 5 bulbs E14, 5 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably silver cupped bulbs.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: DORIA-Werkstätten, Walter Donner GmbH & Co. KG, Fürth, Germany.
Other versions: The DORIA sputnik table lamp was made in several variations: with different glass and with a different base. This sputnik table lamp has two labels, one for the base and one for the lamp itself: 1366 and 1378. These lamps were produced for a long time.
The Austrian invoice tells us that this table lamp was sold for +- 218 euro/dollar in 1976, included the silver cupped light bulbs. It is unclear if the deleted chandelier was included.
DORIA-WERK, DORIA-Werk – Beleuchtungsglas – Beleuchtungskörper or Doria-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
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.
Klaus Slama designed several lamps for DORIA: The DORIA mushroom table lamp is one of them.
Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.