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Wilhelm Hoffmeister history on Come-on.de (in German)
HoSo olive green Bakelite flush mount
Hoffmeister Bubble Glass Flush Mount
Materials: Aluminium mount, aluminium parts. Clear crystal hand blown bubble glass (pulegoso), made in a half globe form, slightly stretched. Porcelain E27 socket.
Height: 18 cm / 7.08”
Width: ∅ 27 cm / 10.62”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 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: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: HoSo Hoffmeister & Sohn, Lüdenscheid, Germany. Since 2008 the company is located in Schalksmühle.
Other versions: This Hoffmeister bubble glass flush mount also exists in smoked brown glass and gold coloured aluminium. This flush mount is model number 31363. It is a 70’s versions. Often used as a wall lamp with several lamps together.
HoSo Hoffmeister & Sohn was established in 1910 by Wilhelm Hoffmeister. In the first years the company was involved in the manufacturing and installation of switch-gear.
Hoffmeister & Sohn was the first factory in Germany specialized in lamps made from Bakelite (1929). These lamps were used as wall lamp or ceiling lamp.
In 1951 the company founder Wilhelm Hoffmeister died at the age of 75.
The 1960s are characterized by sustained growth and the takeover of the companies Bünte & Remmler from Frankfurt in 1962 as well as the company Bugenteetzer in Lüdenscheid.
At the beginning of the 80s, Hoffmeister was the pioneer of modern lighting fixtures for power rails.
In 1997 the Hoffmeister family sold Hoffmeister Leuchten GmbH to the American JJI Lighting Group. The company moved to Schalksmühle in 2008.
JJI Lighting Group, Inc. manufactures lighting fixtures in Europe and the United States. The company was incorporated in 1986 and is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. It has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Germany. JJI Lighting Group, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Philips Lighting). JJI Lighting Group, Inc. owns the Alkco Lighting Company, until 2017 named Philips Alkco and Metrolux Lighting. Since 2018 the name is no longer used and it is only Philips.
Awards: 13 iF-Design Awards: (1956 – 2016)
Italian word taken from the dialect word pulega, which means bubble. The glass is containing numerous bubbles of all sizes, produced by adding bicarbonate/soda, gasoline, or other substances to the glass. The bubbles make the glass semi-opaque and give the surface an irregular texture. The technique was developed in the 1920s by Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) on the island of Murano, Italy and used for the first time by the famous Venini company.