Gepo 60s Desk Lamp Or Picture Light
Materials: Chromed metal rod (iron). Some other chrome parts. Pink grey/beige painted iron, painted with wrinkle paint. Bakelite socket.
Height: 32 cm / 59.84” – maximum height
Lampshade: 20 x 4,5 cm / 15.74”
Base: 20 x 2,5 cm / 7.87 x 0.98 and 4 x 2,5 cm / 1.57 x 0.98” –
Width Base: 10,5 cm / 4.13”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Not any type of light bulb can be used. A small bulb is required.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designers: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Gepo N.V. (Naamloze Vennootschap – Limited Company), Amsterdam, The Netherlands – attributed.
Other versions: Probably made in several colours.
Special features: This table lamp is adjustable in height. It can be used as a desk lamp or a picture light. The label is gone, but the remains of the glue could be from a sticker from Gepo. In addition, Gepo has made several lamps in that exact color and style.
Gepo N.V. was a family business founded in 1965 by the brothers Posthuma: Peter (sales director) , Jules (purchase and marketing), Archi and Rob (production). The name Gepo is derived from the Gebroeders (brothers) Posthuma.
The brothers started their business with +- 35 euro/dollar borrowed from their mother. In 1972 the company had a turnover of +- 1 million euro/dollar. It was always the intention of the company to produce affordable lamps for the middle class. The Posthuma brothers not only wanted to democratize the light business, but they also wanted to provide every lamp with a dimmer. At that time dimmers were made with a resistor; they were expensive and often broke down. The plan has never been successful. Gepo ended business somewhere in the early 1980’s.