Fase Black With Chrome Floor Lamp
Materials: Round black painted flat base. Cast iron counterweight inside the base. Chromed metal rod and arm (iron). Adjustable black painted round aluminium lampshade with a chrome ring & chrome tube. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 140 cm / 55.11”
Lampshade: ∅ 17 cm / 6.69”
Base: ∅ 24 cm / 9.44”
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: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Walter Hustadt GmbH & Co. KG Leuchten, Am Schindellehm 7-9, 59755 Arnsberg, Germany.
Other versions: The Fase black with chrome floor lamp exists as a double light floor lamp, table lamp and wall lamp. Produced in several colours.
These series of lamps were also sold by Fase from Spain. On this page pictures from the 1974 and 1974-1975 catalogue. Fase sold many lamps made by other companies. More information over here. This black with chrome floor lamp is a Fase lamp.
Similar lamps were also sold by the German company Aro Leuchte.
The other lamps in the catalogue pictures, the two chrome lamps, and the chrome with black floor lamp, were also sold by both companies. Probably also by others. These lamps are often presented as lamps designed by Koch & Lowy, but that’s a hoax.
Koch & Lowy
When you do a search on the internet for the OMI mark you find on the chromed knee joint, you always see lamps that are described as lights designed by Koch & Lowy for OMI. Koch & Lowy is not a design team, but an American light company and has got nothing to do with this lamp. Today Koch & Lowy is owned by Chapman Manufacturing Company, Inc. from Avon, Massachusetts. Koch & Lowy used OMI joints for some lamps they produced and stamped their name next to the OMI logo, hence the confusion.
Some say OMI Switzerland, but there is nothing to be found about a Swiss company with that name. Others say OMI DBGM, because sometimes it is written on the knee joint.
DBGM is not some type of company, but it is German for utility model, “gebrauchsmuster” in German. Only used in Germany and Austria: Deutsches Bundes-Gebrauchsmuster. To say it simple, the knee joint is made by a company named OMI and the system is licensed for some period, most of the time 10 years: the small brother of a patent.
The Fase company was founded by self-made man Pedro Martin and designer Luis Pérez de la Oliva in 1964, some sources say 1966. The Boomerang lamp was one of their first designs. Initially they sold their self-produced lamps to the markets in and around the capital Madrid before successfully opening a factory in Torrejón de Ardoz on the outskirts of the city.
They produced mainly lamps, but also ashtrays and other products such as office bins and coat racks.
Fase supplied many lamps to the offices of General Franco‘s dictatorial government and the Guardia Civil, some sort of military police. From 1975 on, after the death of Franco and the end of the regime, Fase started with Italian Modern and Bauhaus-inspired designs. The Spaniards were unfamiliar with this design because of the Franco regime that ruled the country with an iron fist and allowed few foreign influences.
During the 70s Fase exported lamps to Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Norway, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Hong Kong, Morocco, the United States and Canada. In total in more than 32 countries.
Hustadt-Leuchten was founded in September 1962 as Walter Hustadt GmbH & Co. KG Leuchten. Not much is know about it. The company officially ended business in may 2014. It went bankrupt some 5 years before.
Hustadt-Leuchten always produced high quality lights. You can find a few lamps on this website. The company received several design awards. One of the most well known designers for Hustadt-Leuchten was Klaus Hempel, who also designed lamps for the famous Gebr. Kaiser & Co. Leuchten, company, also from Germany.
The OMI company is Otto Meinzer GmbH & Co Metallwarenfabrik from Iserlohn in Germany (Otto Meinzer Iserlohn). It is a manufacturer of chromed brass joints for the lighting industry. The joints are marked with the OMI mark. The company was founded more than 50 years ago. They never produced lighting.
The switch of this lamp has stamps that say that the switch is approved for use in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Germany.
Companies that use OMI parts are among others: Atelje Lyktan Sweden, Massive Belgium, Fase Spain, Hustadt Leuchten, Solken-Leuchten Germany, Abo Randers Denmark and many more.