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Paul Secon Nylon Thread Pendant Lamp

Materials: Nylon wire, clear acrylic parts. Aluminium tube, plastic canopy. Bakelite socket.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 15 cm / 5.90”

Width: ∅ 53 cm / 20.86”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 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: Paul Secon.

Manufacturer: Sompex GmbH & Co. KG, Werftstraße 20-22, 40549 Düsseldorf, Germany. Before: Sompex Licht und Form, Rolf O. Burghard KG.

Other versions: This Paul Secon nylon thread pendant lamp was made in many variations. All made of acrylic, sometimes coloured, and nylon fishing wire.

Sompex

Sompex was founded in 1948 by Rolf O. Burghard as the Soest Import en Export Company in Soest, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. In 1950 they moved to Düsseldorf. Sompex was the exclusive importer of Scandinavian design and expanded rapidly.  Since the 1970s Sompex is focused on interior lighting. The company is a family business and it still exists. 

Sompex also sold lamps produced by Rotaflex. More info over here.

Paul Secon

No information to be found about a (lamp) designer. A Paul Secon exists (July 13, 1916 – February 24, 2007), but it was an American entrepreneur and song-writer who co-founded Pottery Barn with his brother, Morris, in 1950.

Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.

Two other Sompex pendant lamps by Paul Secon

Paul Secon nylon thread pendant lamp plastic wire 1970s Sompex Germany acrylic geometric plexiglass MCM

Paul Secon nylon thread pendant lamp plastic wire 1970s Sompex Germany acrylic geometric plexiglass MCM

Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the pictures and the enthusiasm.