Herda Diabolo Wall Lamp
Materials: Anodized gold coloured aluminium, orange painted inside. Round aluminium wall mount with switch. Some metal parts, Bakelite sockets.
Height: 42 cm / 16.53”
Lampshades: ∅ 16,5 and ∅ 7,5 cm / 6.49” and 2.95”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E14, 2 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Herda Verlichting BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Other versions: This Herda diabolo wall lamp exists in almost every colour.
Herda Verlichting BV (Herda Lighting company) was a owned by the Dutch “brothers Daniels” family and was located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Founded in 1946 and declared bankrupt on June 24, 1997.
Herda had some top designers employed, including Willem van Oyen Sr. who is famous for the lamps he designed for the Raak Amsterdam company, also from The Netherlands.
Diabolo is the name given to the shape of the lampshade. The diabolo lampshades became very popular in the 1950’s. You can find several examples on Vintageinfo.
The diabolo, some yo-yo, has its origin in China. It’s a double-coned bobbin that can be twirled, tossed, and caught on a string secured by two sticks, one held in each hand. The first diabolo’s were made of bamboo and they made some whistling sound.
In the eighteenth century, the diabolo became known in England and France. The term “diabolo” was made up by French engineer Gustave Phillippart, who developed the modern diabolo in the early twentieth century and he was re-released. Since then, he has been widespread.