Indoor Sidelite Table Lamp
Materials: White painted rectangular wood base. 2 square white painted aluminium mesh grids lampshade. White painted Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 19 cm / 7.48”
Width: 18.3 cm / 7.20”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 25 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s, 1980s. Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Maria Hees in 1979.
Manufacturer: Indoor B.V., Amsterdam Brussels, Sloterkade 166, 1059 EB, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Other versions: This Indoor Sidelite table lamp (T52) exists in several colours. It was made in red, blue, yellow light grey and white. It can be used as a wall lamp. A recess is provided. This one has white felt on the bottom of the base, which is not original. It was sold without the felt. Probably glued at the bottom by the first owner.
Helena Suzanna Catharina Maria Hees was born on September 19, 1948 in Bergeijk, in the south of the Netherlands, near the Belgian border. Hees was educated at the ArtEZ Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem (1975-1979). She is a visual artist who is active as a designer and jewellery designer. Maria Hees lives and works in Doetinchem (the Netherlands). In addition to jewellery, she also designs bags and ties.
Indoor B.V. was at least active since the beginning of the 60’s. Mister Cohen was the president. They had their offices and expedition at the Sloterkade street and a shop at the famous Paulus Potterstraat 22-24 in Amsterdam in front of the Van Gogh museum.
Also an art gallery was located at the same address. It was named Galerie Inart and opened in 1969. The gallery was an initiative of Indoor. Carla Koch managed the gallery. In 1996 she opened her own gallery, specialised in ceramics under the name Galerie Carla Koch.
Famous Finnish designer Kaj Franck opened a permanent “workshop” in the Indoor shop about his well known Arabia glass and ceramics in 1983. Indoor was the importer of Arabia for the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg).
Indoor B.V. also had a company in Belgium, it was named Indoor Pvba. It had a showroom in Brussels at the Steenweg op Charleroi 137.
Indoor imported modern lighting, glass and ceramics mainly from Scandinavia. The company sold also lamps from other companies such as the Italian Stilnovo, Arteluce and Stilux and the German Staff.
Designers that worked for the company are among others: Cees Kranen (Flexion desk or wall lamp), Frans van Nieuwenborg and Martijn Wegman (Tetrahedron table lamp, Ambian floor lamp…), Edwin Klein (Isis desk lamp), Marcel Simons (Octaeder, Icosaeder), Rob Wermenbol (DeLamp table lamp), and Maria Hees.
In 1999, Indoor B.V. merged with Raak and Artilite B.V. and became CLA: Centrum voor Lichtarchitectuur B.V. in Drachten, The Netherlands. (Centre for Light Architecture). The centre was founded by Egbert Keen. The company was declared bankrupt on 19-05-2011.