Herda Mushroom Table Lamp
Materials: Acrylic degrading brown mushroom style lampshade, white on the inside. Chromed metal (iron) wire frame. Chrome tube and parts. Pull cord switch in chrome with a chrome ball below. Bakelite socket.
Height: 58 cm / 22.83”
Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a white, opaque or frosted one.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Herda Verlichting BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Other versions: This Herda mushroom table lamp exists in degrading brown and was also made with a white lampshade.
The lampshade of this table lamp is reminiscent of the Harvey Guzzini lamps. The plastic is much thinner and more fragile. The chrome wire base is reminiscent of the Moana table lamp. Also a lamp by Harvey Guzzini and a design by Luigi Massoni.
Herda Verlichting BV (Herda Lighting company) was a Dutch family owned (brothers Daniels) lamp factory founded in 1948 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Later the factory moved to Almere, some 30 km (18.5 mi) away from the city. Herda was declared bankrupt on June 24, 1997.
Herda had some top designers employed, including Willem van Oyen Sr. who is famous for his Chartres wall lights he designed for the Raak company, also from The Netherlands. You can find these lamps on the Vintageinfo website, click here.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.