Peill + Putzler Mushroom Table Lamp
Materials: White opal and clear crystal hand blown glass. Opaque on top, terminating clear at the base. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 36 cm / 14.17”
Width: ∅ 34 cm / 13.38”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E27 screw base can be used. For this type of table lamp preferable an opaque/white light bulb.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner (1920-2003) – attributed.
Manufacturer: Peill + Putzler, Düren, Germany
This table lamp is often presented as a lamp designed by Luciano or Gino Vistosi for Vistosi, Italy, but it is not. This lamp is in all probability designed by Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner who designed several lamps for Peill + Putzler. Many of his designs received awards.
Below a white table lamp with the Peill + Putzler label.
Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner
Aloys Ferdinand Gangkofner was born in Reichenberg, Germany in 1920. He studied at the Staatliche Fachschule für Glasindustrie (State Technical College for the Glass Industry) in Zwiesel for 1934 until 1935. He worked as a freelancer for Peill + Putzler from 1953 until 1958. Several of his designs were also sold by Raak Amsterdam, but were produced by Peill + Putzler. He designed several lamps with the same dots as the table lamp you see on the right. The Como pendant lamp is made like this lamp (lamp below). You can find it over here on Vintageinfo.
Later he started to work as an independent for, among others, Erco lighting, also from Germany. Gangkofner also designed lamps in the 1960s for Reininghaus & Co from Lüdenscheid, Germany which won several iFdesign awards. He died in Munich (München), Germany in 2003.
Lamps in the movies!
A Peill + Putzler mushroom table lamp was used as a prop in the comedy film Bedside Dentist from 1971. The original Danish name is Tandlæge på sengekanten.
A Peill + Putzler mushroom table lamp was used as a prop in the 1975 American political thriller film Three Days of the Condor. A film directed by Sydney Pollack starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway.