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Herda Brown Acrylic Wall Lamps

Materials: Brown degrading acrylic round lampshades. Brown painted metal (aluminium). Some brown plastic parts. Made with galvanized metal or Bakelite sockets.

Height: 24 cm / 9.44”

Width: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but preferable a white/opaque one.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Herda Verlichting BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Other versions: The acrylic lampshade of these wall lamps was used for many other lamps.

These Herda brown acrylic wall lamps are made after a design by the famous Italian Company Harvey Guzzini. In the 1960s and 1970s they had a huge success with this type of lamps. Especially when they released the series of Clan, Bud and Flash lamps in 1968. Soon other companies sold their versions/interpretations. But they never succeeded in a good copy. The colour is OK when lit, but the brown isn’t as nice as the Guzzini lamps when not lit.

Herda

Herda Verlichting BV (Herda Lighting company) was a owned by the Dutch “brothers Daniels” family and was located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The company was 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 his lamps he designed for the Raak company, also from The Netherlands.

These lamps can be used as wall lamps, ceiling spots and so on.

The label says: 2 x 40 watt, apparently they were always sold as a couple, or this label is wrong.

These Herda brown acrylic wall lamps are often confused with lighting produced by Dijkstra, another Dutch company. Dijkstra sold many similar lamps, as several other companies such as the Belgian Massive. In all probability the lampshades came out of the same factory. The other parts are different.

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.