Neukro-Menden Kite Pendant Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron and brass). Matt triangular glass disk. 3 coloured (lacquered) glass rings. Porcelain socket. Rise & fall mechanism.
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: Unknown.
Astonishing enough, but no information to 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). Off 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.
Links (external links open in a new window)
CE marking – Wikipedia
CE marking required – countries
What is CE Marking
Aromec Sacla website
Menden, Germany – Wikipedia
Menden city website
Ettore Sottsass on Wikipedia
The Memphis Group on Wikipedia
New Memphis items for sale
Ettore Sottsass bio on the Artemide website
Memphis style lamps on Vintageinfo
More info about the Memphis Group, here on Vintageinfo