Orange 1970s Table Lamp
Materials: Orange painted wood, chromed metal. Bakelite socket. Aluminium rings around an orange fabric and paper lampshade, supported by a metal frame.
Total Height (with lampshade): 58 cm / 22.83”
Height: 33 cm / 12.99”
Width: ∅ 25,5 cm / 10.03”
Base: ∅ 13 cm / 5.11”
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 – Mid-Century modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Massive Lighting, Kontich and Wommelgem, Belgium. (attributed)
Other versions: Made in several colours, as you can see below.
Only a sticker on the orange and white lamp with written on it “143”. Picture on the left.
The wiring, plug and socket are Italian and they are made by the VLM company from Buccinasco near Milan in the 1970s. The switch is designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968. It is model 450.
These lamps are made in the famous Maison Barbier style. They were a big hit in the 1970s.
Massive Lighting 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 Lighting 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 commercialized more than 10.000 lighting products under brand names such as Massive, TRIO and Lirio. The group had about 5.000 employees worldwide and was active in 70 countries.