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Herbert Proft Glashütte Limburg Chandelier

Materials: Mottled crystal glass globe. Brass parts and brass pearl chains. Brass canopy. 4 Bakelite sockets.

Chain: 90 – 130 cm / 35.43 – 51.18” – adjustable

Height: 35 cm / 13.77”

Width: 40 cm / 15.74”

Electricity: 4 bulbs E27, 4 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Herbert Proft.

Manufacturers: Glashütte Limburg, Glashüttenweg 1, 65549 Limburg an der Lahn, Germany.

Other versions: Made in several variations and models. Also made in chrome. This one is model 1203, as labeled.

Herbert Proft

No information to be found, except for the lamps he designed for Glasshütte Limburg. 17 of them received an iF Design Award. He designed many beautiful lamps for the company. The lamps that received an iF Design Award were all designed in the 1970s.

Glashütte Limburg

Three months after the end of the Second World War in August 1945, graduate engineer Dr. Walter Heinrich submitted his first plans for setting up a glassworks to the American military authorities in Limburg an der Lahn in Germany. Approval for building the factory was issued rapidly because the country urgently needed all types of glass. As a result, the ground was broken for Glashütte Limburg as early as 28 September 1945.

Due to the lack of power and the difficulty in obtaining materials during the immediate post-war period, construction was initially slow. However, on 12 May 1947 the glassworks finally held its first topping-out ceremony, and barely 2 months later, on 7 July 1947, Dr. Heinrich used the blowpipe to take the first glass melted in Limburg.

Glasshüttenwerke Limburg GmbH

Initially, the company was called Glasshüttenwerke Limburg GmbH and employed 80 people. The production range covered drinking vessels, mugs and many other types of catering glasses.

Production capacities were increased and Glashütte Limburg became Europe’s largest lighting glass specialist within just a few years, employing almost 1000 people.

The rapid expansion reached its limits at the end of the 1950s. The chairman of the glassworks Supervisory Council, Dr. Gottfried Boley, suggested in 1962 that the shares in the company held by the state of Hessen should be privatized.

In the same year, the company succeeded in winning BEGA Gantenbrink-Leuchten OHG, founded in 1945 – which was at that time already one of the largest companies in the German lighting industry – as its ideal partner.

Catalogues

The very first lighting catalogue of Glashütte Limburg appears in 1963.

Six luminaires from the range, presented for the first time in 1964 at the Hanover industrial trade fair, receive awards for excellent design from the Industry Forum and are included in the special exhibition “gute Industrieform” (good industrial design).

40 years after the first catalogue appeared, the range of lamps from Glashütte Limburg has increased to 1800 different products.

Designers

Many lamps of the company were designed by the Designabteilung Glashütte Limburg (design department) or Atelier Glashütte Limburg. Herbert Proft and Heinz-Josef Ohm designed many awarded lamps. 

One of the best known designers was Helena Tynell who created several lamps for the company. Her most famous are the bubble glass lamps series. Helena Tynell (1918 – 2016) was married to the famous designer Paavo Tynell (1890-1973).

Awards

The Glashütte Limburg company received the state prize for “Gute Form 1982” (good design 1982) and the “Corporate Design Award 1985”.

Glashütte Limburg received 160 iF Design Awards.

Many thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.