Peill + Putzler Ice Cube Table Lamp
Materials: Crystal clear pressed, moulded glass cube. Frosted inside. White plastic and Bakelite E14 socket.
Height: 10 cm / 3.93”
Width: 10 cm / 3.93”
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 silver capped light bulb was used.
Period: 1970s, 1980s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Peill + Putzler, Düren, Germany.
Other versions: This Peill + Putzler ice cube table lamp exists in several versions, all cubic. This lamp is model number TA14. Also a more rounded version exists and several versions with an extra square base.
These table lamps were designed in 1972 and were named Lichtwürfel (Light Cube).
The logo of Peill + Putzler is always pressed on the bottom of the socket, as you can see below. Beware when you buy one. Sometimes the socket is replaced with a normal (black) one. It should not be a problem, but the light bulb gets to high. The original socket sometimes broke down through the use of a too powerful light bulb.
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 Wagenfeld, William Brown, Helmut Demary, Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner, Horst 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 Slovenia, Poland 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.