Hala TL 144 Desk Lamp
Materials: Black painted round aluminium base. Built-in metal choke ballast. Chromed metal (iron) curved rod with a thick part for the handle effect, adjustable. Some chrome and metal parts. Round black mushroom style aluminium lampshade, white painted on the inside. Some metal and plastic parts.
Height: 45 cm / 15.74” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 26 cm / 10.23”
Base: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”
Electricity: 1 circular fluorescent tube 40 watt, 220 volt.
Period: 1950s, 1960s.
Designer: Herman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet (February 9, 1914 – June 12, 1977).
Manufacturer: Hala Zeist Lampenfabriek, Zeist, The Netherlands.
Other versions: This Hala TL 144 desk lamp exists in several colours. Another model is the Hala 17. It has a slightly different base. Also a version with a flat round base and a rectangular switch was made.
The version with an incandescent bulb is named Hala 144.
The original 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.
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.
The company’s origin is in Hannover, Germany. The name is derived from the Hannoversche Lampenfabrik GmbH, founded in 1920. HALA Hanover ended business in the 1960s. Both companies sold the same lamps and used similar catalogues. Hala from The Netherlands never stopped business.
Dijkstra Lampen B.V.
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.