Hillebrand UFO Desk Lamp
Often named Oslo, but it is not!
Materials: Round black metal base with a big chrome switch. Grey felt in the bottom of the base. Replaceable fuse inside the base. Black painted UFO/mushroom style aluminium lampshade, white painted inside. White painted metal diffuser. Flat chrome rod. Some metal parts. 2 white painted Bakelite sockets.
Height: 45 cm / 17.71” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 33 cm / 12.99”
Base: ∅ 19 cm / 7.48”
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: Dr. Heinz Georg Pfaender (1928-2015) – attributed.
Manufacturer: Hillebrand-Leuchten, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany.
Other versions: This Hillebrand UFO desk lamp exists in several colours and variations. Also produced in brass parts instead of the chrome.
Several table lamps and desk lamps from Hillebrand have won iF-design awards; 10 awards in total since the 1950s.
This lamp is often named Oslo. But the Oslo lamp designed by Dr. Heinz Pfaender is different, but made in the same style. The Oslo lamp was designed in 1961. It won an iF Design Award in 1962. Probably this desk lamp was also designed by Dr. Pfaender because it is comparable in design.
Dr. Heinz Georg Pfaender 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 1950’s Heinz Pfaender moved to Darmstadt were he married Liselotte. He became one of the founders of the design department of the 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 he 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 1990’s.
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).