Hillebrand Oslo Desk Lamp
Materials: Round black metal base with a built-in chrome switch. Painted with relief paint. Adjustable rectangular chrome rod. Some metal and brass parts. Adjustable black painted aluminium mushroom lampshade, painted white inside. 2 metal E14 sockets.
Height: 30 cm / 11.81” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 30 cm / 11.81”
Base: ∅ 14 cm / 5.51”
Electricity: 2 bulbs E14, 2 x 60 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: Dr. Heinz Georg Pfaender (1928-2015) in 1961.
Manufacturer: Hillebrand-Leuchten, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany.
Other versions: This Hillebrand Oslo desk lamp exists in several colours. Also produced with a brass rod instead of chrome.
Several table lamps and desk lamps from Hillebrand have won iF-design awards; 10 awards in total since the 1950s.
The Oslo lamp was designed in 1961. It won an iF Design Award in 1962.
Dr. Heinz Georg Pfaender or in German: Pfänder was born 13 January 1928 in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He grew up in Kleingartach where his father Otto Hermann worked as a school teacher.
In 1933 the family moved to Stuttgart. After World War II he became an architect. Later he joined and headed the office of Wilhelm Wagenfeld in the same town. At that time Wagenfeld was Germany’s most influential designer.
In the late 1950s Heinz Pfaender moved to Darmstadt were he married Liselotte. He became one of the founders of the design department of the local university.
During his career he wrote several books and designed many items: from small to heavy machinery to daily life goods. In 1961, Heinz Pfaender designed the Oslo table lamp and in 1963 the Bornholm desk lamp. Two design-icons of the Hillebrand company. He resigned as a professor in the mid 1990s.
Professor Dr. Heinz Georg Pfaender passed away on June 8, 2015. He left his wife, 2 children and 4 grandchildren behind.
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.
Other designers that worked for Hillebrand
Ernest Igl (1920-2001) designed several lamps for Hillebrand in the 1950s.
Odo Klose designed a floor lamp (model 5225).