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Hala Zeist Desk Lamp 13

Materials: Red painted aluminium. Nickel-plated gooseneck. Bakelite socket.

Height: 40 cm / 15.74” – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 11,5 cm / 4.52”

Base: ∅ 16 x 8 cm / 6.29 x 3.14”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Hala Zeist Lampenfabriek, Zeist, The Netherlands.

Other versions: Made in several colours: red, yellow, black, gray and off-white. This desk lamp model 13 appears in Hala catalogues from the 1950s until the late 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 AmersfoortHerman Theodoor Jan Anthoin Busquet (February 9, 1914 – June 12, 1977) was the founder of the company. It is always said that he designed most of the the Hala lamps, but that is in all probability not true.

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. 

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. Some Hala lamps are still for sale in the Maretti webshop.

Hala Zeist Desk Lamp 13 – Catalogue 1959 – damesbureaulampje (Dutch) – Ladies desk lamp. Reflector/lampshade and base available in different colours. Full height 46 cm. Flexible hose/gooseneck nickel-plated 25 cm. Reflector 11 cm diameter. 14.5 cm deep. 

Hala Zeist Desk Lamp 13 - Catalogue 1959 - damesbureaulampje - Ladies desk lamp

Many thanks to Wojtek of Modernretro2012 for the beautiful pictures. You can find his shop online on Ebay over here.