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Used as a prop in the movie War Dogs (2016) in an hotel in Albania, together with a Dijkstra floor lamp.

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Used as a prop in the film War Dogs (2016)
A biographical black comedy-drama film about two arms dealers.

Louis Kalff Junior and Dijkstra Floor Lamp - War Dogs (2016)

Also used as a prop in the movie The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) in an office of a newspaper in 1958. The Hudsucker Proxy is a film with Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman. The Hudsucker Proxy is a comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen.

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The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Louis Kalff Junior Desk Lamp - The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

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Louis Kalff Junior Desk Lamp

 

Materials: Orange painted aluminium. Brass parts. Dark gray painted brass rod. Cast iron counterweight. Bakelite socket.

Height: 42 cm / 16.53”

Width: ∅ 35 cm / 13.77”

Base: ∅ 11,5 cm /4.52”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 socket can be used. For this lamp preferable a silver bowl/cup light bulb for the down-light effect.

Period: 1950s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Louis Christiaan Kalff (1897 – 1976)

Manufacturer: Philips, Eindhoven, The Netherlands and Turnhout, Belgium.

Other versions: Slight differences in the lampshade rod and base. Different colors.

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Inspired by the fast-growing electricity industry and the promising results of Gerard Philips own experiments to make reliable carbon filaments, Frederik Philips (his father) financed the purchase of a modest factory in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in 1891.  Frederik Philips was a Jewish banker based in Zaltbommel.

In 1895, after difficult first four years and near bankruptcy, Anton Philips joined the company. He was Gerard’s younger brother. With Anton’s arrival, the family business began to expand rapidly. The brothers changed their family business by founding the Philips corporation. They laid the foundations for the later electronics multinational.

In 1930 the first shaver of the Philips company was introduced and was simply called “The Philishave”.

A day before the German invasion in the Netherlands on 9 Mai 1940, the Philips family fled to the United States of America, taking a large amount of the company capital with them.

Operating from the US as the North American Philips Company, they managed to run the company throughout the war. After World War II the company was moved back to the Netherlands, with their headquarters in Eindhoven.

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Philips Junior Desk Light pub

The 1960s-1970s version of this light was named Romeo.

Philips RomeoLouis Kalff Junior Desk Lamp

Louis Christiaan Kalff

(Amsterdam, November 14th 1897 – Waalre, September 16th, 1976)

Louis Kalff was a pioneering industrial designer in the Netherlands during the first half of the 20th century. With a solid background including studies in sculpture, ceramics, furniture design and architecture, he began to work for the Philips company in 1924, department consumer electronics company marketing.

In 1929 he started a department for design of lighting products (LIBU – Lichtadviesbureau (Dutch for light consultancy). Louis Kalff was responsible for the lighting sections of the World Exhibitions in Barcelona, Antwerp and Paris.

 As freelancer he also designed posters and advertising for the Holland America Line, Calvé, Zeebad Scheveningen, Holland Radio. He also designed book covers.

After World War II Kalff kept himself active in industrial design for Philips. After his retirement in 1960, Louis Kalff stayed with Philips as a consultant and architect. In 1961 he was given the direction and execution of the Evoluon building in Eindhoven. It was the last work of the light architect who almost worked for 40 years at the Philips group.

Louis Kalff Junior Desk Lamp

The Evoluon building in Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Evoluon Eindhoven