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Hillebrand Black 1970s Desk Lamp

Materials: Chrome round base with a big built-in switch. Black painted aluminium mushroom lampshade, painted white inside. Thick chromed metal rod. Some metal and brass parts. 2 galvanised metal E27 sockets.

Height: 53 cm / 12.99” – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 43 cm / 12.20”

Base: ∅ 18 cm / 7.08”

Electricity: 2 bulbs E27, 2 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: Heinz F.W. Stahl.

Manufacturer: Hillebrand-Leuchten, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany.

Other versions: This Hillebrand black 1970s desk lamp exists in several colours. It exists also in a brass version.

Several table lamps and desk lamps from Hillebrand have won iF-design awards; 10 awards in total since the 1950s.

This desk lamp is model nr. 7603.

The American Laurel Lamp Company produced a lookalike. 

Heinz F.W. Stahl

Heinz F.W. Stahl is a graduate designer. After an apprenticeship and work as a toolmaker, he studied “industrial design” at the Werkkunstschule in Hannover. This is followed by design activities in Switzerland and 4 years of design in the broadcast and TV industry.

From 1968 to 1988 Heinz Stahl worked as a designer for Hillebrand-Leuchten in Arnsberg. He was engaged for the “modern” lighting. In that period most of the well known Hillebrand lamps were designed by him.

Since 1988, Stahl is independent with a focus on lighting, furniture, glass, consumer goods, toys and art objects. From 1988 to 2012 he was freelance designer for Bankamp Leuchten.


Egon Hillebrand Leuchtenfabrik, Neheim-Hüsten was founded on may 15, 1881 by plumbing and fitter master Egon Hillebrand as a producer of nickel silver lids for beer pitchers, established household appliances, kerosene lamps and storm and carriage lanterns.

With the arrival of the son Franz, the operation was switched to the turn of the century in the manufacture of electrical lighting fittings and office furniture. 
Around 1955, the collection was a representative, quality Rustic line “lights for restaurants and farmers bars“. The company filed for bankruptcy in 1995.

Designers that worked for Hillebrand 

Dr Heinz Georg Pfaender (1928-2015): in 1961 he designed the Oslo table lamp and in 1963 the Bornholm desk lamp. Two design-icons of the Hillebrand company.

Ernest Igl (1920-2001) designed several lights for Hillebrand in the 1950s.

Odo Klose designed a floor lamp (model 5225).

Martin Bormann designed “traditional lamps” from 1933 until 1973.

Lamps in the movies

A Hillebrand black 1970s desk lamp was used as a prop in the 2015 – 2021 American science fiction television series The Expanse. Here in series 1, episode 6. Starring Thomas JaneSteven Strait and Cas Anvar.

Hillebrand black 1970s desk lamp prop 2016 TV series The Expanse (S1E8)

Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.
Many thanks to Heinz F.W. Stahl for all the help and info.