Paul Secon Sompex Pendant Lamp
Materials: Round geometric radial placed smoked acrylic slats and nylon thread lampshade. Plastic canopy. Silver painted Bakelite E27 socket.
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’
Height: 43 cm / 16.92”
Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”
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: 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 Sompex pendant lamp was made in many variations. All made of acrylic, sometimes coloured, and nylon fishing wire.
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 1970’s 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.
No information can 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.
But is it really Paul Secon who designed these lamps? Naum Gabo, born Naum Neemia Pevsner, a Russian sculptor created the Plexima. His kinetic sculptures are a study of the movement of available light within a network of translucent webbing. These lamps are all made in this style. The Sompex company never answered several requests.
In a 1972 American Koch + Lowy catalogue is said: Plexima installation, designer: Joan Hilliers & Co. Next to a photo of 8 lamps hanging in cascade in a stairwell.
These lamps were also sold as a kit to make them yourself by some companies, but they look different, as you can see in this America advertisement.
Acrylic: often named by its commercial name: Perspex, Plexiglas, Crylux, Acrylite, Lucite, is a thermoplastic.