Massive Belgium 8-Arm Chandelier
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) folded rods. White painted conical aluminium lampshades, painted white inside. Chrome chain and canopy. White painted tube with chrome in the middle. 8 Bakelite E27 sockets.
Chain Length: 40 cm / 15.74”
Height: 33 cm / 12.99”
Width: ∅ 58 cm / 22.83”
Electricity: 8 bulbs E27, 8 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This Massive Belgium 8-arm chandelier probably exists in several colours and was made with less lamps. Also produced as a single pendant lamp.
Massive was in origin a bronze foundry and they produced mainly candlesticks, crucifixes and chandeliers in Wilrijk near Antwerp, Belgium. The company was founded in 1926 by Pieter-Jozef De Jaeck. His son Eddy De Jaeck was responsible for the huge expansion of the company in the 1970s. But it were his sons, Piet and Jan De Jaeck who made Massive a true multinational. Thus, they moved production to Eastern Europe and China.
In the 1980s Massive became the leading brand in Europe. In 2002, the brothers left the company to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, for allegedly more than 250 million euros.
Since 2008 the company is owned by Philips and the name of the shops is changed into Light Gallery.
When the takeover by Philips was announced in November 2006 Massive commercialised more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO Leuchte and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.
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