Goffredo Reggiani (1929 – 2004) founded the company in the Italian town of Monza in 1957 and designed most of the lamps himself. In the beginning Goffredo most often used plywood and sanitized opaque glass in his designs as you can see in this example, giving his lights a Scandinavian look. Later in the 1960s and 1970s his interest shifted towards brass and chromed metal. The Reggiani company still exists.
Eyeball Floor Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal. The eyeball lampshades are white painted inside. Marble base, some plastic parts. Bakelite sockets.
Height: 160 cm / 62.99”
Width: 110 cm / 43.30”
Base: ∅ 36 cm / 14.17’’
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: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive Lighting, Kontich and Wommelgem, near Antwerp, Belgium.
Other versions: Also made with a chromed base or a black marble base. Made with many different lampshades. Also produced in a completely white painted version. They were made with 3 or 5 lamps. During the 1980s a version with halogen spots was made.
Similar lights were produced by the Italian company Reggiani. Rumor has it that Reggiani produced these lamps for Massive Lighting. But there are some differences. The most striking dissimilarity is that the eyeball lampshades are different and have another connection to the rod.
Massive Lighting was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive Lighting became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros.
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.