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Max Bietenholz 1960s Desk Lamp

Materials: Black painted square/bar perforated lampshade, white painted inside. Square white painted base. Both painted with wrinkle paint. Chrome rods, knee joint and square screws. Some metal parts. Bakelite socket.

Lampshade: 18 x 9 x 9 cm / 7.08 x 3.54 x 3.54”

Height: 37 cm / 14.56” – (height base + rod)

Rod: 29 cm / 11.41” (rod attached to the lampshade)

Base: 13 x 13 x 2,5 cm / 5.31”

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: 1960s – Mid-Century modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Max Bietenholz AG, Breitistrasse 16, 8302 Kloten, Switzerland.

Other versions: Made in black, black & white and white. Produced in slight variations: rod on the corner of the base, transverse perforations instead of perforations in length.

Almost always said that Max Bietenholz designed these lamps for Bünte & Remmler in the 1950s, but it is not from the 1950s and it is not German. Bünte & Remmler (BuR) is a German company that produced almost similar lamps. Many other companies produced “cube” lamps. Robert Sonneman designed a few lamps for George Kovacs. Kaiser Leuchten produced some lamps in the style, and so on.

Bünte & Remmler lamps have a different knee joint, they don’t have the square screws. The lampshade has other dimensions: 20 x 7,5 x 7,5 cm / 7.87 x 2.95 x 2.95. The perforations in the lampshade are different. And finally: all the electric parts of the Max Bietenholz lamps are made in SwitzerlandEasy to recognize by the Swiss quality mark. It is the same as on the label of Max Bietenholz AG on the left. 

Max Bietenholz 

Max Bietenholz AG is a Swiss company that was founded in 1961. It is located in Kloten, 10 km / 6.2 mi from the capital Zürich. They produced lamps for some 20 years. Today (2018) it is a retailer of lighting. A lamp store is located at the company’s address. The company is owned by the Gehrig family, Martin and Renée. Unfortunately, Max Bietenholz AG has no website. 

Bünte & Remmler

The BuR company emerged from the Wagner & Goldschmidt company in 1880. It was located in Frankfurt. As a petroleum lamp manufacturer Bünte & Remmler evolved into a producer of electric lighting around the turn of the century.

In the 1920s and 1930s the company was one of the few producers of handmade Bauhaus luminaires. Designers were Ferdinand Kramer, Wolfgang Tümpel, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and of course Christian Dell.

In 1962 BuR was sold to Hoffmeister & Sohn KG, HoSo. Later the company moved from Frankfurt to Lüdenscheid, some 180 km /112 mi away.

Max Bietenholz 1960s Desk Lamp - Label