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ERCO Flush Mount 

Materials: Gold coloured anodised aluminium and brass. Red Bakelite canopy with 3 light sockets. Some early plastic/vinyl canvas. Decorated with autumn leaves in brown and yellow.

Height: 14 cm / 5.51”

Width: ∅ 65 cm / 25.59”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 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, Brockhauser Weg 80-82, 58507 Lüdenscheid, Germany.

Other versions: This ERCO flush mount exists in many variations. Several drawings on the canvas were used for this lamp. Also made in glass with different designs. Made in a few sizes.


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 pendant lamps.

In the 1930s the industrial production of complete luminaires was started. After the Second World War Arnold Reininger and Karl Reeber continued the company. Co-founder Paul Buschhaus had died in the war.

Designers that worked for the ERCO company are, among others: Aloys 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

Many thanks to Frank from for the pictures and the enthusiasm.