Fagerhults Cobra Desk Lamp
Materials: Round orange painted metal (iron) base & tube. Cast iron counterweight inside. Black metal bottom. Black plastic flexible with a metal goose-neck inside. Orange plastic round lampshade. Aluminium reflector with a black painted rim. E27 socket.
Height: 50 – 87 cm / 19.68 – 34.25”
Lampshade: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Base: ∅ 17,5 cm / 6.88”
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: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Fagerhult Design Studio in 1975.
Manufacturer: Fagerhults Belysning AB, Åvägen 1B, 566 92 Habo, Sweden.
Other versions: This Fagerhults Cobra desk lamp exists in several colours. It was also made as a wall lamp, clamp lamp and floor lamp.
The Fagerhults Cobra lamp series received an iF Design Award in 1975.
The Swiss-German company Temde made their version a year before, in 1974. A design by Eva Renée Nele: model 32. It has a similar, but oval lampshade and a thick chrome goose-neck starting from the base. It received an iF Design Award in 1974. You can find it over here.
In Italy similar lamps were sold by Emmedi and named Flex. But they are a bit different. Another switch, different base and so on. For now it is unclear if it are copies or if they were produced under licence. You can see 2 Emmedi Flex lamps in the TV series Astrid et Raphaëlle. Sometimes said that Vico Magistretti designed it, but I could not find any proof for it.
The Fagerhults Belysning (lighting) company was founded by Bertil Svenssons in 1945 after he designed a floor lamp for his mother in 1943.
From a small shed in the backyard the business grew until it was the large company that it is today. In 2018 Fagerhults has about 2600 employees in approximately 20 countries around the world. The factory remained at the same location, but has now been extended about 40 times. Production facilities are also located in Great Britain, Australia and China.
In 2007 Fagerhults was awarded the Red dot design award.
The Fagerhult Group is the owner of the brands: Fagerhult, Ateljé Lyktan, Designplan Lighting, Eagle Lighting, I-Valo Lighting, LTS Licht & Leuchten, Waco, Whitecroft Lighting, Arlight Lighting Innovations, LED Linear and WE-EF. AB Fagerhult‘s share is traded on the Nasdaq Stockholm (Mid Cap).
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite. It is a thermoplastic.
Lamps in the movies
Brown an black Fagerhults Cobra desk lamps were used as a prop in the 1982 French comedy film Le Gendarme Et Les Gendarmettes. Starring Louis de Funès, Michel Galabru, Maurice Risch and Claude Gensac.
A white Fagerhults Cobra desk lamp appears in the 2006 Flemish (Belgium) reality TV series De Pfaffs (2002 – 2011). Starring the famous football goalkeeper Jean-Marie Pfaff and his family.