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ERCO Conical Pendant Lamp

Materials: Round & conical yellow aluminium lampshade, perforated with a ring of round holes. Frosted opal glass cone diffuser inside. Yellow plastic canopy. Red & white Bakelite E27 lamp socket.

Cord Length: 65 cm / 25.59”

Height: 22 cm / 8.66”

Width: ∅ 20,5 cm / 8.07”

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: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: ERCO GmbH, Lüdenscheid, Germany – attributed.

Other versions: This ERCO conical pendant lamp exists in several colours.

Similar lamps were made by the German company HoSo (Hoffmeister & Sohn). Also, Philips produced many lamps in this style. This lamp has no label but it has all the ERCO looks. Red & white Bakelite sockets are typical for lamps made by this company at that period, also the used parts and canopy. Do you have a better idea about this pendant lamp? Please use the contact form and make this website more complete.


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