Massive Bug-Eye Pendant Lamp
Materials: White acrylic lampshade with 4 black plastic oval ribbed “windows” and two similar rings on top and below. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 95 cm / 41.33” – adjustable
Lampshade: ∅ 40 x 26 cm / 15.74”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 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: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive, Mortsel, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium.
Other versions: This Massive bug-eye pendant lamp exists in many variations. This one is a version the company made in the late 70s, early 80s. This version most resembles a bug.
Despite everyone says that this typical plastic age pendant lamp is designed by Luigi Colani, it is not. This lamp has nothing to do with Luigi Colani whatsoever as confirmed by the owner of the Colani website. Also, this lamp is not mentioned in any catalogue about Colani.
This Massive bug-eye pendant lamp has some similarities with the truck Colani designed. But probably the design was “inspired” by the Futuro house Finnish architect Matti Suuronen created in 1968.
You can find a very detailed explanation about this lamp and history over here, on Vintageinfo.
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.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic. This type of plastic is sometimes called acrylic glass.