Neukro-Menden Kite Pendant Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron and brass) curved rods and parts. Frosted triangular glass disk lampshade. 3 coloured (lacquered) glass rings. Perforated metal tube. Blue globe. Rise & fall mechanism. Porcelain E14 socket.
Cord: This one has an adjustable rise & fall mechanism (40 – 140 cm / 15.74 – 55.11″), and can be easily adjusted in height by pulling the chromed bar. It’s possible that they were also made with a standard cord attached.
Height: 45 cm / 11.41”
Width: ∅ 57 cm / 4.13”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 150 watt maximum (halogen), 110/220 volt. Any type of light bulb can be used, but a halogen bulb is preferred (and original).
Period: 1980s, 1990s.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Neukro-Menden, Menden, Germany.
Other versions: It is unknown if this Neukro-Menden kite pendant lamp was made in other versions.
Astonishing enough, but no information can be found about the company. In all probability the company was located in Menden, Germany; the labels are all in German. Menden is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located at the north end of the Sauerland near the Ruhr river.
Lamps exist with labels from the 80s, but also from the 90s with the CE marking. The CE marking became mandatory in 1993. However, the logo exist in its present form since 1985.
Not to be confused with the CE marking from China (China Export). Of course, almost the same label.
This pendant lamp was made in the famous Memphis style and was in all probability produced in the late 1980s, early 1990s. No CE marking on the label.
The rise & fall mechanism was produced in Italy by Aromec Sacla srl from Varedo near Milan. The company still exists and they still produce rise & fall mechanisms.
The Italian Memphis Group was a design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007) in 1981 in Milan which designed Postmodern furniture, lights, fabrics, ceramics, glass and metal objects from 1981 to 1987. Ettore Sottsass left the movement in 1985, the Memphis Group disbanded in 1991.