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Peill + Putzler Cube Table Lamp

Materials: Pressed moulded clear crystal bubble glass base & lampshade with 4 legs. White plastic and Bakelite E14 socket.

Height: 12,6 cm / 4.96”

Width: 12 x 12 cm / 4.72 x 4.72”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. For this setup a clear light bulb was used.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Peill + Putzler, Düren, Germany.

Other versions: For the moment it is unclear if this Peill + Putzler cube table lamp exists in several versions or colours. It is the first one I have seen in 20 years. Peill + Putzler made several other lamps in this style.

These cube table lamps were also sold by the German company WILA and Müller & Zimmer.

This cube lamp is reminiscent of the cube lamp designed by Alessandro Mendini. His lamp is a bit bigger (16 cm / 6.29”), it has two light bulbs and it can be closed with a chrome decorative screw. 

Almost every company produced glass cube lamps and they are often confused. Massive from Belgium has a glass cube lamp and it is mostly attributed to Peill + Putzler. An IKEA lamp is named Iviken. New glass cube lamps are made in China, and they are often sold as vintage lamps. Beware! Never buy al lamp with new wiring.

The most well known glass cubes glass maker is Poliarti from Italy. The cube lamps are a design of Albano Poli.

Peill + Putzler

Glashüttenwerk Peill und Sohn was founded in 1903 in Düren, a small town in (West) Germany. Peill und Sohn merged with Putzler (founded in 1869) in 1947 as a glass works and lighting company and became Peill + Putzler Glashüttenwerke.

The company always worked with important designers such as Wilhelm WagenfeldWilliam BrownHelmut DemaryAloys Ferdinand GangkofnerHorst Tüselmann and many others.

In the 1950s 1500 people were working for the company. They also produced glass for other light companies in Europe, such as Raak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Massive from Belgium.

In 1995 the production of glass and lighting moved to SloveniaPoland and the Czech Republic. Only the trading of lamps en glass stayed in Düren. 1 year after the 100th anniversary in 2004, bankruptcy was filed.

In 2008 the name Peill + Putzler was re-used for several years for among others the Wagenfeld lighting of the German lighting company of Paul Neuhaus.

Today the Peill + Putzler factory is called Glashütte Düren and is converted to many other businesses and conference centre.