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Hillebrand Desk Lamp 7450

Materials: Polished Brass. Brown Chinese lacquer painted brass. Cast iron counterweight. Some brass parts, metal socket.

Height: 55 cm / 21.65” – adjustable

Lampshade: 23 x 14  cm / 9.05 x 5.51”

Base: 19 x 19 cm / 7.48 x 7.48”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 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: To be appraised.

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

Other versions: Made in several colours.

This lamp is model 7450, colour 121 (7450-121) as labelled on the bottom. It has all the looks of an 1980s lamp, but it was designed and made in the 1970s. Brown Chinese lacquer became popular in the mid 1970s and it was used for many objects, such as lighters from Dupont and pens from Parker and Cartier, to name a few.


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.
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).

Several lamps from Hillebrand received iF-design awards in the 1970s, 10 awards in total since the 1950s.

Many Thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and enthusiasm.