1970s Geometric Ceramics & Chrome Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) round base. Two chrome half globes and chrome parts. White enameled hexagon ceramics. Black enameled quadrangular ceramics. Bakelite socket. Round tubular plastic lampshade with 3 chromed metal rings.
Total Height: 101 cm / 39.76”
Height: 52 cm / 20.47”
Base: ∅ 25 cm / 9.84”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 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: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: Many forms, colours and sizes as you can see below.
These type of table lamps are often attributed to Maison Barbier from Paris, France, but they are not. They are made in the style of the famous lamps by Philippe Barbier but they are made in Belgium.
Most of the lamps by Barbier are signed, except the early ones. This table lamp has no marks or whatsoever but labels on identical lamps say it is Massive from Belgium.
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.
Massive sold many lamps made by others. Peill + Putzler from Germany and Yamada Shomei from Japan produced lamps for Massive, to name a few. Many other lighting companies did.
The wiring, plug and socket are Italian and are made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco near Milan. The switch is model 450 and it was designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
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