JUMO Model 600 Desk Lamp
Materials: Round conical chromed metal (iron) base, cast iron counterweight inside. Adjustable chrome rod with a round counterweight. Halfround chrome lampshade. Bakelite B22 socket.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 13,5 cm / 5.31”
Base: 11,5 cm / 4.52”
Electricity: 1 bulb B22, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1940s, 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: André Mounique.
Manufacturer: JUMO, Bagnolet, Paris, France.
Other versions: This JUMO model 600 desk lamp is the first version, designed in 1940. The later version has a rectangular counterweight. Model 602 and 605 are very similar, but they have a different and longer rod.
Charlotte Perriand selected this model 600 by JUMO for the exhibition “Le Bazar” at the Musée des Arts decoratives (Museum of Decorative Arts ) of Paris in 1949. She never designed the lamp. No archives exists or even her biography does not mention this lamp. The problem is that this detail of the story is not mentioned in the catalogue of the retrospective.
The French JUMO company was founded in the 1940s by Yves Jujeau and Pierre and André Mounique as “Société Nouvelle des Etablissements JUMO” (New Society of JUMO Establishments). The name of the company is derived from the two first letters of each name. It was located in Bagnolet, near the capital Paris.
The lamps made by the company are never labelled, but often the engraved model number can be found in the cast iron counterweight of the base. Most of the lamps are good recognisable by certain elements specific to this brand such as the lampshades, joints and base.
JUMO lamps were designed for offices and exists in many models. Many imitations were made over the years. The JUMO lamps were a big success. Not every chrome desk lamp is a JUMO lamp.
At the end of the seventies JUMO was bought the English Concord Lighting International Ltd (founded in 1968 by the famous Rotaflex company). The name changed in JUMO Concord. The company was relocated and disappeared in the 1980s.
The famous Lucidus Bloc foldable lamp, designed in 1945 is officially a real JUMO lamp. It was patented in the USA by André Mounique as a “retractable office lamp”. Mounique was the main designer of the company.
The design of this lamp was protected until 1965. In the 1980s the first copies were assembled in Japan. In 2014, after having worked on prototypes for three years, the Parisian company New JUMO Concept took the lamp back into production. New steel press moulds were made for the Bakelite parts based on an original model. They named it Classique (Classic). Today (2022), the website is no longer online.
Several JUMO models are very sought after because of the attribution to certain designers of the 20th century. But all these attributions are wrong and fictional. Neither Charlotte Perriand, nor Eileen Gray have designed a lamp for the company. Historians are very clear about it.
The name Eileen Gray is associated with JUMO by many auction houses, but all her works are from before World War II. After the war she did not design anymore and led a reclusive life. No archive, documentation or biography shows the JUMO model 71 desk lamp in Gray’s work. Also, it is impossible to date it before 1950, considering the parts of the lamp.
The “JUMO Lucidus Bloc” retractable desk lamp is often attributed to the Hungarian sculptor Gustave Miklos, also in well known lamp books, and nicknamed “Bolide“. Bolide is the name of a bronze sculpture he made in 1924. The lamp has some similarities. According to his biography, he never designed a lamp.
Autrefois La Lumière
For a long time, there was an excellent detailed website about the JUMO lamps and other (industrial) German and French lamps, called Autrefois La Lumière (Formerly Light), made by Alix Jaltier. Unfortunately, the website no longer exists.