OMI Desk Lamp
Materials: Red painted brass and iron. Bakelite socket, cast iron counterweight in the base. Red painted aluminium lampshade, white painted inside.
Height: 61 cm / 24.01”
Lampshade: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
Base: ∅ 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
When you do a search on the internet for the OMI mark on the chromed knee joint, you always find lamps that are described as lamps designed by Koch & Lowy for OMI.
Koch & Lowy is not a design team, but an American light company and has got nothing to do with this lamp. Some say OMI Switserland, but there is nothing to be found about a Swiss company with that name.
Others say OMI DBGM, because sometimes it is written on the knee joint. DBGM is not some type of company, but it is German for utility model, “gebrauchsmuster” in German. Only used in Germany and Austria: Deutsches Bundes-Gebrauchsmuster. To keep it simple, the knee joint is made by a company named OMI and the mechanism is licensed for some period, most of the time 10 years: the small brother of a patent.
Maybe this desk lamp is made in Germany by Gebrüder Cosack from Neheim-Hüsten. It is known that Cosack used OMI-parts for their lamps. The Cosack labels were made of paper and got lost after a while.
The electric parts are made by the Italian VLM Components company.