East German Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal, plastic, some type of fabric, Bakelite socket.
Height: 34 cm / 13.38”
Width: ∅ 17 cm / 6.69”
Base: ∅ 11 cm / 4.33”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: VEB Wohnraumleuchten, Stadtilm, GDR.
The label is destroyed, only the label “Made in GDR” (German Democratic Republic) is complete, but it’s a lamp made by VEB Wohnraumleuchten, Stadtilm, Germany. In the 1960s the country was divided in two parts, West Germany and East Germany. Stadtilm was in East Germany (GDR, the German Democratic Republic).
Labels exist on other lamps from the same company but from another town, as you can see below.
VEB Wohnraumleuchten, Erlau, some 180 km (112 miles) east of Stadtilm, in the neighborhood of Leipzig and Dresden. Both are very small villages with a couple of 1000 inhabitants at this moment.
Original East German switch
Made in GDR label inside the lamp
This East German table lamp has many similarities with the Raak Amsterdam Bolbliksem (Lightning bolt) table lamp D-2150. (Catalogue 1972)