JUMO Model 71 Desk Lamp
Materials: Rounded & ribbed black painted metal base with brass parts. 2 thin adjustable brass rods. Adjustable rounded & ribbed black painted elongated lampshade. Some metal parts. 2 brass B22 sockets.
Height: 41 cm / 16.14” – adjustable
Lampshade: 45 cm / 17.71”
Base: 14 cm / 16.14”
Electricity: 2 bulbs B22, 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: André Mounique – attributed.
Manufacturer: JUMO, Bagnolet, Paris, France.
Other versions: This JUMO model 71 desk lamp exists in several colours and some slight variations in the design. This one has a ribbed lampshade and base, but also other designs exists. It was sold with to B22 light bulbs or a long tubular light bulb. Also versions with a toggle switch were made.
Lamps in this style are all copies and were not made by JUMO. JUMO made only one model. Today a copy is produced by Tecnolumen, with a, to say the least, a strange story on their website: designed in 1934 by an unknown designer. Even the name JUMO is not mentioned.
The JUMO model 71 desk lamp appears in catalogues since 1960.
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 lamp in Gray’s work. Also, it is impossible to date it before 1950, considering the used parts for this lamp.
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. He probably designed every lamp.
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.
Charlotte Perriand selected the 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 “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.
Lamps in the movies
Fool’s Gold (2008)
A JUMO model 71 desk lamp was used as a prop in the 2008 American action comedy romance film Fool’s Gold. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson and Donald Sutherland.
Au Service De La France (2015 – 2018)
A JUMO model 71 desk lamp was used as a prop in the 2015 – 2018 French parody spy TV series Au Service De La France (A Very Secret Service). Starring Hugo Becker, Wilfred Benaïche and Christophe Kourotchkine. Many lamps were used, mostly French lamps. They appear in every episode of season 1. Here in episode 1, season 1.
The French Dispatch (2021)
A JUMO model 71 desk lamp was used as a prop in the 2021 American anthology comedy film The French Dispatch. Starring Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody and Tilda Swinton. Here in a scene with Bill Murray.