Fibreglass Rocket Floor Lamp
Materials: Tripod base made of 3 conical teak legs. Long tubular yellow-orange glass fibre lampshade. 6 small brass tubes. Some brass parts. Brass B22 sockets.
Height: 113 cm / 44.48”
Width: ∅ 22 cm / 8.66”
Fibreglass Tube: ∅ 15 cm / 5.90”
Electricity: 2 bulbs B22 (bayonet fitting), 2 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred. Clear light bulbs have been used for this setup.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Novoplast, Dolná Streda, Czech Republic.
Other versions: This fibreglass rocket floor lamp exists in several sizes, colours and versions; white, blue, green, small, big … Also produced with E27 lamp sockets. The bigger version of this one (145 cm/57.08”) uses 3 light bulbs.
Often described as a lamp from Denmark but this type of rocket lamp was made in the Czech Republic in the late 1950s and 1960s: the Space Age.
These lamps were made in the Czech Republic, but if you want one, you have to buy it in the United Kingdom. Most of the time when a lamp is for sale, it is in the UK. That’s because Habitat sold these floor lamps in the 1960s. They are hard to find anywhere else in this version: the most beautiful one. Also British Home Stores (BHS) sold these rocket floor lamps in the UK.
Novoplast is a company from the Czech Republic. The company was founded in 1947 and is specialised in glass-fibre reinforced plastics. The company still exists, but they don’t produce lighting anymore.
Habitat Retail Ltd, trading as Habitat is a retailer of household furnishings. Sir Terence Conran founded the company in London in 1964. The business expanded quickly and in 1973 the first store in Europe was opened in Paris, France. The company expanded and merged frequently over the years. In 2011 it almost went bankrupt.
Lamps in the movies!
A fibreglass rocket floor lamp was used as a prop in the 2006 – 2007 British science fiction and police series Life On Mars. It appears in many scenes. In a discotheque-scene several of them were used together with fibreglass pendant lamps, also made by Novoplast. Starring John Simm, Philip Glenister and Liz White.
A fibreglass rocket floor lamp was used as a prop in the British film Made In Dagenham (2010). A dramatisation of the 1968 strike at the Ford car plant in the city of Dagenham, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
A fibreglass rocket floor lamp was used as a prop in the BBC‘s Mrs. Brown’s Boys. A British and Irish television sitcom, created by and starring Irishman Brendan O’Carroll. You can see it in the video below.