Links (external links open in a new window)
iF-Design Awards – Gebrüder Cosack
Cosack printing + packaging website
Many thanks to Craig from From our house to Bauhaus for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm. You can find his shop on Ebay over here.
Grid Bedside Table Lamp
Materials: Curved slant cream painted base with a built-in switch, painted with wrinkle-paint. Decorated with a sickle-shaped brass plate. White painted iron lid on the bottom. Curved brass rod. Brass joint. Some metal parts. Red-orange painted round aluminium lampshade. White painted metal grid. Brass E14 socket.
Height: 23 cm / 9.05” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 10 cm / 3.93”
Base: 10 x 7 cm / 3.93 x 2.75”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small bulb is preferred. For this setup a refrigerator bulb was used.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: This grid bedside table lamp exists in several colours. It is a small lamp. It can be used as a desk or table lamp, but it was probably meant for use as a bedside table lamp.
The base was used for several other lamps. Another one can be found here.
The parts used for this lamp are typical German. The BJB socket is often used for lamps made by Cosack. Often in combination with VLM Components switches. But this lamp appears in a 1962 catalogue of Neckermann. Neckermann sold lamps from many companies. At that time the company was only a mail order company.
Do you have an idea about the maker of this lamp? Please let us know through the contact form and help improve the websites exactitude.
The Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) company was founded in 1833 as a metal processing plant in Neheim-Hüsten, Germany by Egon, Friedrich and Theodor Cosack together with Gottliebe Tappe. It was named Metallwarenfabrik Tapp + Cosack. In the beginning they made liturgical items, crosses and upholstery nails made of brass and they also produced kerosene lamps. Later the company came to the production of electric lamps.
In 1921 a cardboard factory was started, originally for packaging the Cosack Group‘s own products, including lights, nails, rivets and kitchen appliances.
After the Second World War Cosack pursued a modern direction. A best seller were copper lighting for restaurants. The company was declared bankrupt in 1984.
The cardboard factory still exists. The sixth generation is now running the business at the Cosack plant.
Best known designers: Gottfried Stürzenhofecker, K. H. Kinsky, Hans Wilfried Hegger, Hans-Joachim Groth, Burkhard Panteleit, Joachim O. Becker, Prof. Friedrich Becker, Waldemar Rothe and Jan Armgardt.
Gebrüder Cosack (Gecos) received 15 iF Design Awards.
The socket of this desk lamp was made by BJB. BJB is Brökelmann, Jäger and Busse, BJB GmbH & Co. KG. The BJB company was founded in 1867 and started with petroleum lighting. The company still exists. Today they produce LED lamps, terminal blocks and connectors, lamp holders for conventional lighting and switches. They are active in the whole world. BJB GmbH & Co. KG is located on Werler Strasse 1, 59755, Arnsberg, Germany.
The switch was made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned by Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.
Another bedside table lamp – with the same base