Fase Style 1980s Desk Lamp
Materials: White painted iron base. Some lacquered wood. White painted aluminium lampshade. Nickel-plated knee joint. Black plastic lid on the base. Bakelite socket.
Height: 34 cm / 13.38”
Width: 30 cm / 11.81”
Base: ∅ 15,6 cm / 6.14”
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, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: Probably made in several colours.
This lamp has a label of Massive Nederland B.V., the Dutch branch of the Belgian company. It was located in Gorinchem. After the takeover by Philips it was closed permanently.
A rare seen lamp, made in the style of the famous lamps produced by the Spanish company Fase from Madrid. Fase produced several lamps with metal combined with wood such as the “President” desk lamp. All off course with a very striking UFO lampshade, what this lamp unfortunately does not have. Other Spanish companies that produced similar lamps were Gei, Metalarte and Lupela, to name the most important.
Massive 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 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.
All the electric parts are made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan. They were produced in the late 1970s, early 1980s.