ERCO Aluminium Pendant Lamp 7030
Materials: Polished aluminium disc lampshade. Polished aluminium tube. Porcelain E27 lamp socket.
Cord Length: 80 cm / 31.49”
Height: 39,9 cm / 15.70”
Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. In the catalogue a silver tipped light bulb was used.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Dieter Witte in 1967.
Manufacturer: ERCO GmbH, Lüdenscheid, Germany.
Other versions: This ERCO aluminium pendant lamp 7030 exists in 1 size. It received a iF Design Award in 1969.
Dieter Witte, born in 1937 in Stadthagen, Germany, studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Hannover (School of Applied Arts) in the German city Hanover.
In 1964 he married with Heidi a textile designer and they have a daughter, Aino and a son, Richard.
He has been working with his own office with his wife as a freelance lamp designer since 1966 for different industrial companies, including Osram (25 years), ERCO (10 years) and other companies such as Telefunken, Bauknecht, Krups, Rosenthal and Pelikan. Several of his projects are design classics. Dieter Witte received several awards for his designs.
Dieter Witte passed away in April 2008.
ERCO was founded in 1934 by Arnold Reininger (1907-2003), Karl Reeber and Paul Buschhaus in Lüdenscheid, Germany. The company name ERCO represents a phonetic abbreviation of the founding name “Reininghaus & Co.“.
The company is still in family ownership. During the early years, ERCO produced parts for lamps. In particular a spring-supported retracting mechanism for hanging lights.
In the 1930s the industrial production of complete luminaires was started. After World War II Arnold Reininger and Karl Reeber continued the company. Co-founder Paul Buschhaus had died in the war.
Famous designers that worked for the ERCO company are Alois Ferdinand Gangkofner, Roger Tallon, Ettore Sottsass. Emilio Ambasz, Shiro Kuramata, Giancarlo Piretti, Dieter Witte. Yves Béhar, Knud Holscher, Franco Clivio, Naoto Fukasawa and many others.
The company was awarded many times thanks to these great artists and the vision of the ERCO company. ERCO received 88 iF Design Awards.
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Wikipedia about ERCO GmbH (in German)