Glass Bamboo Pendant Lamp
Materials: 1 long milky blue translucent hand blown Murano glass tubular bamboo style lampshade. 1 long opal glass bamboo style diffuser inside. Some metal and chrome parts and canopy. Steel wire. Bakelite E27 sockets.
Height: 70 cm / 27.55”
Width: ∅ 23 cm / 9.05”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 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: Massive, Mortsel, Belgium
Other versions: This glass bamboo pendant lamp was probably made in several sizes and colours. It is similar with the Bamboo floor lamp designed by Enrico Tronconi for Vistosi, a Murano company. The Bamboo lamp by Tronconi is made out of several parts of glass and has chrome rings.
It will surprise many, but not only was Massive the largest lighting manufacturer in Europe, some of their lamps are made in Murano. Or at least the glass parts, as with this lamp. Many Massive lamps are sold as Murano, AV Mazzega, Vistosi lamps. For instance, the glass discs chandeliers were sold in large numbers by Massive.
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.