Helo Leuchten Brass Desk Lamp
Materials: Brass, cream/vanilla painted brass round lampshade, white painted inside. Cream/vanilla painted cast iron base. Brass socket.
Height: 35 cm / 13.77”
Lampshade: ∅ 29 cm / 11.41”
Base: 4 x 10 cm / 1.57 x 3.93”
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 – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Helo Leuchten, Am Schwalbanger 48, 86633 Neuburg an der Donau, Germany.
Helo was founded in the 1930s by Henry Gerhard Senior as Elektrogeschäfts Helo in the city of Breslau, at that time a German city. Today a Polish city named Wroclaw.
He fled to Neuburg with his family in 1945 with only a flashlight and some pictures. The three shops were destroyed in a night of bombing. The Helo Leuchten company was registered after World War 2 in 1946 in Neuburg (Neuburg an der Donau). Helo is derived from Henry and his son Lothar.
From old war material such as brass and aluminum from the airfield, he begins with the production of work lamps, today we say industrial lighting.
The company grows fast and moves twice in a couple of years to the address of today.
The company Gebr. Kaiser & Co. Leuchten KG, Lichttechnische Spezialfabrik from Neheim-Hüsten acquires the rights to use the Helo brand and individual models, such as the “commissaire” lamp, the 6631 Luxus. Today (2018) produced by Lightyears/Fritz Hansen.
Lothar Gerhard, who took over the company after Henry Gerhard’s death in 1964, sees himself forced to gradually abandon the factory and transform the company into the trading company it is today. Helo is now owned by Henry Gerhard Junior, his son and since 1980 a member of the Expert group.
Lamps in the movies!
A Helo Leuchten desk lamp (another model) was used as a prop in the biographical comedy-drama film Stan & Ollie (2018). Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
Many thanks to Jean-Pierre from K11design for the photos and the enthusiasm. You can find his shop over here on Ebay.