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Hala 144 Desk Lamp


Materials: Off-white base, nickel-plated rod, off-white lampshade, Bakelite socket.

Height: 45 cm / 15.74”

Lampshade:  26 cm / 10.23”

Base: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet (February 9, 1914 – June 12, 1977).

Manufacturer: Hala Zeist Lampenfabriek, Zeist, The Netherlands.

Other versions: Made in several colours. These lights appear in the Hala catalogue of 1959 and 1967 and most likely in many other catalogues.

This desk lamp is one of the first designs by mister Busquet when he started the company in 1932 and it was an instant success. Herman TJA Busquet was only 18 years old at that time. This desk lamp was made for many years and this example is from the 1960s.

Hala Zeist Lampenfabriek

Hala is one of the first light companies of The Netherlands, originated in 1932 in the city of Zeist and later moved to Amersfoort.
Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet, the designer of many Hala lamps is also the founder of the company.
In 2011 Hala took over Dijkstra Lampen from Haarlem, also in the Netherlands. In 2013 Fokke Dijkstra junior was in a position to buy back the company his grandfather started. “Making lamps is in our genes” thus Fokke Dijkstra jr.

Today the company is located in Almere (since 2008) and is part of Maretti Lighting. A lot of Hala’s lights are still for sale in the Maretti webshop.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Maretti Lighting

Hala Light Catalogue 1959 and Hala Light Catalogue 1967, here on Vintageinfo.

Hala lamps on Vintageinfo

Dijkstra lamps on Vintageinfo

Hala 144 Desk Lamp – Catalogue 1959

Hala 144 Desk Lamp – Catalogue 1967

Hala 144 Desk Lamp - Catalogue 1959

Hala 144 Desk Lamp - Catalogue 1967

Many thanks to Marjan from Vintage Drachten for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.